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Vivienne Angeles, Ph.D.

Vivienne Angeles, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Vivienne Angeles holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, from Temple University. She has published on the subjects of Muslim movements, Muslim women, visual expressions of Islam, and Islam in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. As a Fulbright scholar in Malaysia, she researched how Muslim identity is expressed visually through material culture. She co-edited Identity in Crossroad Civilizations: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Globalism in Asia and Gender, Religion and Migration: Pathways of Integration. Her current research interest focuses on women’s conversion to Islam in the Philippines and Malaysia. She is the past president of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, an affiliate of the Harvard University Pluralism Project, and the co-chair of the Religion in Southeast Asia group of the American Academy of Religion.

Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary Islam
  • Women and Islam
  • Islam in America
  • Islam in Southeast Asia


  • Ph.D.–Religious Studies with an emphasis on Islamic Studies, Temple University
  • M.A.–Religious Studies, Temple University
  • M.A.–Political Science, Kansas State University
  • B.A.–Political Science, University of the Philippines


  • “Abu Sayyaf Group.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies. Ed. Tamara Sonn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • “From Catholic to Muslim: Changing Perceptions of Gender Roles in a Balik-Islam Movement in the Philippines.” In Gender and Islam in Southeast Asia: Women’s Rights Movements, Religious Resurgence and Local Traditions, edited by Susanne Schroeter. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
  • “Visualizing Islam: The Art and Architecture of Philippine Mosques.” In Islam and Knowledge:  The Concept of Religion in Islamic Thought, edited by Imtiyaz Yusuf. London: I.B. Tauris, 2012.
  • “The Middle East and the Philippines: Transnational Linkages, Labor Migration and the Remaking of Philippine Islam,” Comparative Islamic Studies 7.1-2 (2011): 157-182.


  • Co-editor, Gender, Religion and Migration: Pathways of Integration. Lanham: Lexington Books division of Rowman and Littlefield, 2010.
  • Co-editor, Identity in Crossroad Civilizations: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Globalism in Asia. Amsterdam University Press, 2009.


  • “From Catholic to Muslim: Religion and Identity among Filipinas in Malaysia”, European Southeast Asian Studies Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, July 2-5, 2013.
  • “Qur’an, Women, and Modernity: Reading the Qur’an from the Women’s Perspective,” conference on Islam and the Challenge of Modernity: the Qur’an in a Contemporary Context, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York, Nov. 9, 2011.
  • “Piety, Fashion and Consumption among Malay and Filipino Muslimah,” European Southeast Asian Studies Conference, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, August  27, 2010