Welcome to the personal website of Teije Hidde Donker. I am an academic that works at the intersections of political sociology, sociology of religion and Middle East area studies.
In my current research I use a relational approach to explore how Islam shapes society and politics in Tunisia and Syria. I map the different ways in which people see religion in relation to the state, politics, society, public and private life. I show how these different social designations of the ‘remit of Islam’ relate to the structural position of religion in these two cases. In other words: I show that the influence of Islam is not related to an internal content – as implied in much of contemporary scholarship on ‘islamism’ – but to how people define the scope of its social and political relevance. For more information in my research, please see the research section.
I completed my Msc at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), my Phd at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), held a three year postdoc position at the department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen (Norway) and am currently a lecturer at the department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge (UK). For more information, see my CV and publications.