Fabio Vicini

Fabio Vicini,  October 1, 2023
Associate Professor
Academic sector
Research sector (ERC-2024)
SH8_1 - Kinship; diversity and identities, gender, interethnic relations

Research sector (ERC)
SH5_8 - Cultural studies, symbolic representation, religious studies

SH2_3 - Diversity and identities, gender, interethnic relations

SH5_9 - Social anthropology, myth, ritual, kinship

SH2_2 - Social inequalities, social exclusion, social integration

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Thursday, Hours 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM,   Palazzo Zorzi-Polfranceschi, Floor 1° ala Vipacco, room 1.34


I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Verona, currently also serving as a Senior Research Associate in the "Quite Aid" Project (https://quietaid.info/). I am the co-founder and convener of the EASA Muslim Worlds Network (MSN) (https://easaonline.org/networks/mwn/).

Previously, I held the position of Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Istanbul 29 Mayis University from 2014 to 2020. During my tenure, I also served as an Affiliate Member of the School of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montréal, from 2019 to 2020. Before these roles, I was a TÜBITAK Post-doctoral Researcher in Istanbul from 2013 to 2014, and a Research Fellow at BGSMCS, Berlin, in 2011.

I earned my Ph.D. in Anthropology and History from SUM – Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (now Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze) in 2013. In the same year, I was honored with the Malcolm H. Kerr Award in the Social Sciences by MESA. My book "Reading Islam: Life and Politics of Brotherhood in Modern Turkey," drawn from that dissertation, has been published in Brill's Social, Economic, and Political Studies of the Middle East and Asia Series, edited by Dale F. Eickelman.

Currently, I am initiating a new project on Islamic links connecting Turkey with Central Asia and supervising a PRIN (Research project funded by Italy's Ministry of University and Research) on Muslim albanophone communities in Italy.

My work has been published in various scholarly journals, including Culture and Religion, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Ethnicities, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, La Ricerca Folklorica, and Sociology of Islam. I am now co-editing the '[Oxford] Handbook of Religion in Turkey' (alongside Caroline Tee and Philip Dorroll: https://academic.oup.com/edited-volume/55832), and a special section dedicated to Divine Presence in Islam for the HAU - Journal of Ethnographic Theory (2024, with Lili Di Puppo).

I engage in interdisciplinary inquiry at the intersection of Anthropology, Islamic studies, and Social Theory. My research interests encompass the Anthropology of Islam; Secularism in Turkey, the MENA region, and Europe; Religion and Modernity; Political Theology; and Ethics. I welcome Ph.D. and postdoctoral students whose research aligns with these themes, particularly focusing on Europe, Turkey, Central Asia, and South-East Asia.


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Research interests
Topic Description Research area
Anthropology of religion Study of Muslim religious life and practice in comparison with that of other faiths, especially Christianity Inclusive societies and citizenship practices
Sociology and anthropology
Anthropology of migration Research on the so-called second generations of young people whose parents come from a migratory path Inclusive societies and citizenship practices
Sociology and anthropology
Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Worlds Research on Muslim life, religious imaginaries and practices in Turkey, Europe and the Middle East Inclusive societies and citizenship practices
Sociology and anthropology
Anthropology of secularism Study of the secular logic that pervades the institutional order in Italy and Europe and how this impacts the life of religious minorities Inclusive societies and citizenship practices
Sociology and anthropology
Epistemology of anthropological research Critical reflection on the genealogy of anthropological categories and their possible implementation through thought categories of other traditions Inclusive societies and citizenship practices
Sociology and anthropology
Islamophobia Research on the multiple forms of stereotyping, discrimination, and hostility towards Islam as a religion and Muslims as believers Inclusive societies and citizenship practices
Sociology and anthropology
Title Starting date
Divine Presence: Islam, Ontology, and Transcendence 10/1/20
Giovani Musulmani in Nord Italia 10/1/20
The Presence of the Prophet: Muhammad in the mirror of his community in early and modern Islam 1/1/18
Modernity, Islamic Traditions and the Good Life: Exploring the Construction of Meaningful Modern Muslim Selfhoods 1/1/17
Interiority Unbound: Sufi and Modern articulations of the Self 1/1/15
At the Service of Society: Hizmet as a Shared Notion for Rethinking the Common Good in Turkish Society 3/1/13


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