Alexandre Caeiro | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Alexandre Caeiro

Dr. Alexandre Caeiro

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies
College of Islamic Studies
Master of Arts in Contemporary Islamic Studies

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Dr. Alexandre Caeiro is Associate Professor at CIS. He was trained in sociology and in Islamic studies in France, the Netherlands, and Egypt. His research deals broadly with the transformations of Islamic law in modern contexts. He is currently working on the legal history of Gulf sheikhdoms, focusing on the interaction between emirs, shari’a judges, merchants, and British agents in the context of the development of an oil economy and modern state institutions.


Research Interests

  • Modern History of Islamic Law
  • Law and Society in the Gulf
  • Religious Authority and Media Technology
  • Muslim Minorities in the West
  • Islamic Family Law




Associate Professor


2019 – Present
  • Assistant Professor


    2012 – 2019
  • Research Fellow

    Erlangen Centre for Islam & Law in Europe (EZIRE), Friedrich–Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen–Nürnberg

    2009 – 2012
  • Junior Research Fellow (PhD)

    International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), University of Leiden

    2004 – 2008
  • Junior Research Fellow

    Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris

    2003 – 2004


PhD in Religious Studies (Cum Laude)

Utrecht University

  • MA in Sociology (Diploma in Advanced Studies; with Honors)

    École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris

  • BA in Economics and Sociology (Two Subject Moderatorship; with Honors)

    Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin


Selected Publications


  • Caeiro, A., & Stefanidis, E. (2018). Religion, History, Ethics: Rethinking the Crisis of Western Qur’anic Studies.

    In Sheedy, M. (Ed.), Politics, Scholarship, and Identity: The Study of Islam and the Study of Religions. Sheffield, UK: Equinox Publishing. 69-97.

  • Caeiro, A. (2014). Ordering Religion, Organizing Politics: The Regulation of the Fatwa in Contemporary Islam.

    In Shah, Z.A. (Ed.), Iftā' and Fatwa in the Muslim World and the West. London and Washington: The International Institute of Islamic Thought. 73-88.

  • Caeiro, A. (2011). Theorizing Islam Without the State: Minority Fiqh in the West.

    In Diamantides, M., & Gearey, A. (Eds.), Islam, Law and Identity. London: Routledge. 209-235.

  • Caeiro, A. (2011). Transnational ‘Ulama, European Fatwas, and Islamic Authority: A Case Study of the European Council for Fatwa and Research.

    In van Bruinessen, M., & Allievi, S. (Eds.), Production and Dissemination of Islamic Knowledge in Western Europe. London: Routledge. 121-141.

  • Caeiro, A., & al-Saify, M. (2009). Qaradawi in Europe, Europe in Qaradawi: The Global Mufti’s European Politics.

    In Gräf, B., & Skovgaard-Petersen, J. (Eds.), The Global Mufti: The Phenomenon of Yusuf al-Qaradawi. London: Hurst. 109-148.

  • Caeiro, A. (2005). The Muslim Leaders of the French Representative Body: Religious Authorities or Political Actors?.

    In McLoughlin, S., & Césari, J. (Eds.). European Muslims and the Secular State. London: Ashgate.


  • Caeiro, A. (2019). Secular Governance and Islamic Law: The Globalization of the Minority Question.

    Sociology of Islam.

  • Caeiro, A. (2018). The Politics of Family Cohesion in the Gulf: Islamic Authority, New Media, and the Logic of the Modern Rentier State.

    Arabian Humanities 10.

  • Caeiro, A. (2017). Facts, Values, Institutions: Notes on Contemporary Islamic Legal Debate.

    American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 34(2). 42-74.

  • Caeiro, A. (2011). The Making of the Fatwa: The Production of Islamic Expertise in Europe.

    Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions 155 (October). 81-100. Reprinted in The Fatwa as an Islamic Legal Instrument: Concept, Historical Role, Contemporary Relevance, Vol. 3, 2018, Gerlach Press.

  • Caeiro, A. (2010). The Power of European Fatwas: The Minority Fiqh Project and the Making of an Islamic Counterpublic.

    International Journal of Middle East Studies 42(3). 435-449.

  • Caeiro, A. (2006). The Shifting Moral Universes of the Islamic Tradition of Iftā: A Diachronic Study of Four Adab al-Fatwā Manuals. The Muslim World 96(4). 661-685

    Reprinted in Islamic Law. Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies, Vol. 4: Islamic Law in the Modern World (Routledge Major Works), 2009, London: Routledge.

  • Caeiro, A. (2004). The Social Construction of Sharī‘a: Bank Interest, Home Purchase, and Islamic Norms in the West.

    Die Welt des Islams 44(3). 351-375.


  • Caeiro, A. (2016). Muslim Minorities in the West.

    In Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2nd edition.

  • Caeiro, A. (2012). Islamic Jurisprudence of Minorities.

    In Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought.

  • Caeiro, A. (2011). Fiqh al-Aqalliyyat.

    In Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford University Press.

  • Caeiro, A. (2008–2009). Researcher on “Transnational Islam: Identities, Networks, Movements.”

    A project of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, directed by P. Mandaville, Centre for Global Studies (GMU). Final Report available at

    2008 – 2009
  • Caeiro, A. (2005–2006). Chapter on France.

    In Césari, J. (Ed.), Report on “Muslims in Western Europe after 9/11”, WP 10: Securitization and Religious Divides in Europe for Challenge – Liberty and Security: an Integrated Research Program on European Security (, sponsored by the European Commission. Available online at

    2005 – 2006