Dr Laurens de Rooij

Lecturer of Islamic Studies

My research examines how non-Muslim people in Britain interact with news reports about Islam and Muslims and how that affects their interpretation and conceptualization of Islam and Muslims. This discusses the issue of media reports about Muslims and Islam whilst drawing upon areas such as hermeneutics, media studies, philosophy of identity, and religious studies. The research hopes to garner a greater understanding into the way the individual understands and interprets media reports related to Islam as well as the effect a media report can have on the way it´s content is perceived and received.

l.derooij@chester.ac.uk

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Qualifications

BA, MA (K.U. Leuven, Belgium), Ph.D. (Durham University), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Overview

Laurens was born in Tiel, The Netherlands and lived there until he was nine when he moved to the area around Cambridge, UK, and lived there until he was 14. He completed his secondary school education back in the Netherlands before moving to Leuven, Belgium to study at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. There he completed a BA in Theology and Religious Studies (2010) and an MA in Theology and Religious Studies, specialising in Islam (Cum Laude, 2012), and earned his PhD from Durham University in July 2016.

His research examines how non-Muslim people in Britain interact with news reports about Islam and Muslims and how that affects their interpretation and conceptualization of Islam and Muslims. This is an interdisciplinary study that discusses the issue of media reports about Muslims and Islam whilst drawing upon areas such as hermeneutics, media studies, philosophy of identity, post-colonial theory and religious studies. The research hopes to garner a greater understanding into the way the individual understands and interprets media reports related to Islam as well as the effect a media report can have on the way it is perceived and received.

He wrote his Master's thesis on Tariq Ramadan and Islam in the West. Debating whether according to Tariq Ramadan a ‘western’ Islam is possible or only an Islamisation of western culture is possible? With a concluding section that compared Tariq Ramadan’s work to that of Bassam Tibi.

Since March 2013 Laurens is an active researcher and contributor for the academic website euro-islam.info. On its webpage www.euro-islam.info an active network of researchers and scholars (who conduct comparative research on Islam and Muslims in the West) disseminate key information to politicians, media, and the public. This is sponsored by the GSRL Paris/CNRS France and Harvard University. With over 50,000 unique visitors each month, the site has grown into the most reliable online reference for Islam in Europe.

Laurens has spent time at a number of institutions across the globe, these Include: The Graduate School of the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta, Indonesia (spring 2013), the Religion Department at Duke University in Durham North Carolina, USA (Autumn 2013), The Centre for Religion, Media and Culture in the Journalism & Mass Communication Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, USA (spring 2014), and at Brazil’s Fundação Joaquim Nabuco (summer 2016). In 2017 he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town for a year, where his research analyses how the media discourse on minorities (particularly Muslims and Islam) affects how they are conceptualized, understood, and treated in South Africa. This work was supported in part by the National Research Foundation of South Africa

He is also committed to the excellence in teaching and enjoys working with students at all levels of study and sharing in their interests. This work has been supported by completing Durham's Learning and Teaching Award (DULTA) in 2014, and recognised by becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Judaism and Islam: Philosophy and Hermeneutics

Encountering Religions: Hinduism and Islam

Violence and Nationalism: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives

Postgraduate 

Contemporary Islam

Research

Research interests:

  • Religion and Media
  • Islamic Studies
  • De-Colonial and Post-colonial theory
  • Religious Studies
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Hermeneutics
  • Interreligious/Interfaith Dialogue
  • Philosophy of Identity
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Television
  • Media Studies

Media Appearances

Beyond Belief, BBC Radio 4, Monday 6th June 2016, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07dklgh

Published work

Books: Edited

Bhojani, A.-R., Bohlander, M., and De Rooij, L., eds., The Nature of Sharia and Its Interpretation in Shi’i Jurisprudence, Islamic Law Series (Leiden: Brill, 2017).

Muslims & Their Discourses in Britain, Muslims in Global Societies Series (Berlin: Springer, 2018).

Books: Sections

'Where Now?', in Critical Muslim: Syria, ed. by Sardar, Z. and Yassin-Kassab, R. (London: Hurst Publishers, 2014), pgs. 171-178.

'Many in One: Malaysia’s Religious Pluralism Behind Growth and Development on Economic and Political Levels', in Religious Transformation in Modern Asia: A Transnational Movement, ed. by Kim, D. (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pgs. 233-249.

'The King and His Cult: Thailand's Monarch and the Religious Culture', in Religious Transformation in Modern Asia: A Transnational Movement, ed. by Kim, D. (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pgs. 274-296.

'Islamic Identity in the Secular Environment of Post-Colonial Indonesia', in Religious Transformation in Modern Asia: A Transnational Movement, ed. by Kim, D. (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pgs. 195-213.

State Building and Religious Pluralism in Indonesia and Malaysia, in Constitutions and Pluralism in Muslim States and Societies, ed. by Quraishi-Landes, A. and Tareen, S. (Herndon, VA: International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2018), pgs 243-269.

‘Authority, and Muslims in Britain: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Negotiations’, in Muslims & Their Discourses in Britain, ed. by De Rooij, L. (Berlin: Springer, 2018).

Journal Articles

'Believing and Belonging. The Media Discourse About Civil Religion and Islam, the Aesthetics in Media Representations in Great Britain', Journal of Religion in Europe, 10, 1-2, (2017), 172-217.

Encyclopaedia Entries

"Liberation Theology" (with Joanildo Burity) and "Transnational Culture", "Stereotyping" & "Stereotype Threat" (with Nabil Echchaibi) and "Television", "National Football League (NFL)" & "ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network)" (with Stewart M. Hoover) and "Buddhism", "Frequent Flyer Programs" & "World War II- Effects on Immigration" (with Zsoka Koczan) and "Islam" (with Sophia Rose Arjana) In Encyclopedia of Economics and Society, edited by Frederick F. Wherry and J. Geoffrey Golson: SAGE Reference, 2015.

“Al-Razi”, “Religious Practice”, “Tablighi Jamaat”, and “Al-Shafi” (with Tuba Erkoç) in Islam, A Worldwide Encyclopedia, edited by C. Çakmak,  ABC-CLIO, 2016.