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Dr Gabriele Marranci is an anthropologist by training, based at the Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University, Sydney. Previously he was an Associate Professor at UWS, Australia, and then the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.
Currently, he is also an Honorary Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University as well as a member of the International Research Network on Multiculturalism, Deakin University.

Dr Marranci is an expert in neuro-anthropology of emotions as well as the anthropology of deviance. His internationally acknowledged as an expert in Islam, in particular concerning youth life, gender, identity, and criminology. Dr Marranci has widely published on these topics in peer-reviewed journals, and he is the author of five monographs, Jihad beyond Islam (2006, London, New York: Berg), The Anthropology of Islam, (2008, London, New York: Berg), Understanding Muslim Identity, Rethinking Fundamentalism (2009, London, New York: Palgrave Macmillan) and Faith, Ideology and Fear: Muslim Identities Within and Beyond Prisons (2009, London: Continuum Books), and Wars of Terror (2016 Bloomsbury Books).
Dr Gabriele Marranci has conducted three years of research in Singapore and Malaysia concerning the practice of female circumcision (i.e. FGM). He has been the first and, at present, the only scholar to have studied the phenomenon in Singapore.
The result of his research has been published in the article titled Female circumcision in multicultural Singapore: The hidden cut published in the Australian Journal of Anthropology (2014). Dr Marranci has been able to conduct such sensitive research, which included, the most extended and in-depth research in the British and Scottish prisons, research on radical and extreme groups, as well as sensitive research focusing on gender, such as his three years research in Singapore and Malaysia concerning the practice of female circumcision (i.e. FGM).

He has founded the international journal Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, published by Springer, of which he has been the editor for ten years as well as the book series Muslim in Global Societies.
Dr Marranci has international experience as a consultant on matters related to deviance, criminology, as well as Muslim lives and Islam. Dr Gabriele Marranci has been an expert witness for court cases in both the UK and Australia and provided advice to governments.

Dr Marranci supervises students in a variety of topics related to emotions, identity, with a particular focus on deviance, extremisms and global challenges. Students interested in postgraduate supervision can contact him to discuss their projects.




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Research Outputs 2000 2019

Addressing female genital mutilation in the Asia Pacific: the neglected sustainable development target

Dawson, A., Marranci, G., Rashid, A., Shuib, R., Kolitha, W., Meiwita, B. & Hidayana, I., 14 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Wars of terror

Marranci, G., 2016, London: Bloomsbury Academic. 151 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

political violence

Female circumcision in multicultural Singapore: The hidden cut

Marranci, G., Aug 2015, In : Australian Journal of Anthropology. 26, 2, p. 276-292 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

studies (academic)
Southeast Asia

Conceptualizing Iranian anthropology: past and present perspectives

Marranci, G., Jan 2013, In : Journal of Islamic Studies. 24, 1, p. 107-109 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearchpeer-review

Introduction: Studying Islam in practice

Marranci, G., 1 Jan 2013, Studying Islam in Practice. Marranci, G. (ed.). Abingdon, UK; New York: Taylor & Francis, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch