Dr. Nilüfer Göle
Prominent Turkish sociologist

Nilüfer Göle was born in 1953. She is a prominent Turkish French sociologist and a leading authority on the political movement of today's educated, urbanized, religious Muslim women. From 1986 to 2001, she worked as a professor at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and is currently the Director at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques (CADIS), in Paris. Göle is the author of Interpénétrations: L’Islam et l’Europe and The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling. Through personal interviews, Göle has developed detailed case studies of young Turkish women who are turning to the tenets of fundamental Islamic gender codes. Her sociological approach has also produced a broader critique of Eurocentrism with regard to emerging Islamic identities at the close of the twentieth century. She has explored the specific topic of covering, as well as the complexities of living in a multicultural world.