Project Description

Associate Professor of American Studies/Religious Studies
Yale University

Visiting Faculty at Bayan Claremont


Zareena Grewal is Associate Professor of American Studies, Religious Studies, Ethnicity, Race and Migration and Middle East Studies at Yale University. Trained as a historical anthropologist, she is the author of Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority, which was awarded one of the Victor Turner Ethnographic Writing awards. She was the first Fulbright fellow to be sponsored by Al-Azhar University. She also directed and produced the documentary film By the Dawns Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam, which had a national broadcast on the Documentary Channel. She is currently conducting historical and ethnographic research for her next book on the Qur’an in the American imagination, tentatively titled “Is the Quran a Good Book? Islam and the Limits of American Religious Tolerance.” She lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband Hamada Hamid Altalib and their three children.