2016-17 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow

Mona Oraby specializes in the study of law and religion, religion and politics, and politics of the Middle East. As a Jerome Hall fellow, Oraby worked on her book manuscript, Administering Religious Difference: Secularism, Minorities, and the Rule of Law. Using modern Egypt as a case study and other comparative cases in the region and elsewhere, the book examines administrative conflicts that arise from dual constitutional commitments to religious establishment and legal equality. The study considers the implications of these conflicts for minority rights, the role of religion in public life, and the possibility of interreligious relations.

Oraby earned her PhD in political science from Northwestern University where she was a graduate fellow in the Center for Legal Studies and the International Studies Program. Her research has been funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern. Oraby taught a comparative law seminar on regulating religion at the Maurer School of Law in spring 2017.