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Petra Y. Kuppinger

Research Interests:
Cites and spaces; space and power; Middle Eastern cities; Cairo, Egypt; space culture and Islam in Germany; globalization; globalized consumer cultures;

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:

2015 Faithfully Urban: Pious Muslims in a German City. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.


George Gmelch and Petra Kuppinger (eds.)

2018 Urban Life, 6th edition. Long Grove IL; Waveland Press.


2017 Religion, Art, and Creativity in the Global City. Special Issue. Culture and Religion 18(4).

2004 Gated Communities and Other Forms of Urban Segregation. Special Issue. City and Society 16(2).


2017 Piously Creative: Islam, Art and Creativity in Stuttgart, Germany. Culture and Religion 18(4):428-447.

2017 Introduction: Religion, Art, and Creativity in the Global. Culture and Religion 18(4):343-352.

2017 At Home in the Multi-Cultural City: Islam and Religious Place-Making in Stuttgart, Germany. In Religion and the Global City. David Garbin and Anna Strhan (eds.). London: Bloomsbury, pp.205-221.

2015 Pools, Piety, and Participation: A Muslim Women's Sport's Club and Urban Citizenship in Germany. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

2014 The Stuttgart Crescent: Muslim Material and Spiritual Geographies in Germany. In Managing Muslim Migration in the 21st Century: Between Spiritual Geography and Global Security Regimes. Anita Fábos and Riina Isotalo, eds. Palgrave MacMillan.

2014 Exclusive Inclusion: Youth and Neoliberal Consumerism in Cairo. Trialog 111:4-11.

2014 One Mosque and the Negotiation of German Islam. Culture and Religion 15(3):313-333.

2014 A Neighborhood Shopping Street and the Making of Urban Cultures and Economies in Germany. City and Community 13(2):140-157.

2014 Mosques and Minarets: Conflict, Participation, and Visibility in German Cities. Special issue on "Globalizing Urban Spaces," Denise Lawrence-Zuniga and Deborah Pellow, eds. Anthropological Quarterly 87(3):793-818.

2014 Flexible Topographies: Muslim Spaces in a German Cityscape. Special issue on “Public Religion and Postsecular Urban Space in Europe,” Martijn Oosterbaan, ed. Social and Cultural Geography 15(2): 627-644.

2014 Crushed? Cairo’s Garbage Collectors and Neoliberal Urban Politics. Special issue on “Arab Cities,” Najib Hourani and Ahmed Kanna, eds. Journal of Urban Affairs (online version available).

2014 Cinderella Wears a Hijab: Neighborhoods, Islam and the Everyday Production of Multi-Ethnic Urban Cultures in Germany. Space and Culture 17(1):29-42..

2012 Women, Leadership, and Participation in Mosques and Beyond: Notes from Stuttgart, Germany. In Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority. Hilary Kalmbach and Masooda Bano, (eds.). Leiden: Brill, pp.323-344.

2012 Cairo, Egypt. Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste. The Social Science of Garbage. Carl A. Zimring and William L. Rathje (eds.) SAGE Publications. Vol.1 pp.87-89.

2011 Himmelstochter: A Muslima in German Public Spheres. Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 7(2):27-55.

2011 Between Anti-Globalization and Islam: Cultural, Political and Religious Debates in the German Muslim Newspaper Islamische Zeitung. Contemporary Islam 5(1):59-79.

2011 Vibrant Mosques: Space, Planning and Informality in Germany. Special issue on “Informal Urbanism,” Yasser Elsheshtawy, (ed.) Built Environment 37(1):78-91.

2010 Jung, deutsch und muslimisch. Neue Lebenswelten. [Young, German and Muslim: New Lifeworlds]. In Facebook, Fun und Ramadan. Lebenswelten muslimischer Jugendlicher. Stephan Bundschuh, Birgit Jagusch and Hanna Mai (eds) Düsseldorf: Informations und Dokumentationszentrum für Antirassismusarbeit (IDA) e.V., pp.12-15. (In German).

2010 Factories, Office Suites, Defunct and Marginal Spaces: Mosques in Stuttgart, Germany. In Reshaping Cities: How Global Mobility Transforms Architecture and Urban Form. Michael Guggenheim and Ola Söderström (eds.) London and New York: Routledge, pp.83-99.

2010 Cairo. Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. Ray Hutchinson (ed.). Los Angeles and London: SAGE Publications. Vol.1 pp.97-102.

2009 Barbie, Razanne, and Fulla: A Global Tale of Culture, Economy and Religion. In Muslim Societies in the Age of Mass Consumption: Politics, Culture, and Identity between the Local and the Global. Johanna Pink (ed.). Cambridge UK: Cambridge Scholar Press, pp.170-215.

2008 Mosques in Stuttgart: Struggling for Space. ISIM Review 21/Spring, pp.48-49.

2007 Entertainment and Control: Social Life in Colonial Cairo. In The Discipline of Leisure: Embodying Cultures of “Recreation.” Simon Coleman and Tamara Kohn (eds). Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, pp.149-170.

2006 Pyramids and Alleys: Global Dynamics and Local Strategies in Giza. In Cairo Cosmopolitan: Urban Structure, Spaces and Identities in the New Middle East. Diane Singerman and Paul Amar(eds.). Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, pp.313-344.

2006 Globalization and Exterritoriality in Metropolitan Cairo. The Geographical Review. Special Issue on “New Geographies of the Middle East.” Dona Stewart (ed.). (July 2005) 95(3):348-372.

2006 Women and Gender in Colonial Cities: Arab States. Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Suad Joseph (ed.) Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. Vol.IV pp.1-5.

2005 War and Violence: Small Town Debates and Debaters. In Discourses of Violence. Violence of Discourses Johannes.Angermüller, Raj Kollmorgen, Jörg Meyer and Dirk Wiemann (eds.) Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang Publishing, pp.163-175.

2004 Exclusive Greenery: New Gated Communities in Cairo. City and Society 16(2):35-61.

[Translated into Turkish] 2012 Dislayici Yesillik: Kahire’de Yeni Güvenlikli Siteler. Idealkent No.6, May.

2004 Introduction: Exploring Urban Segregation. City and Society 16(2):5-9.

2002 Giza. Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures. Melvin Ember and Carol R Ember (eds.). Grolier/Human Relations Area Files, Yale University. Vol.2 pp.242-250.

2002 Animals and the Modern City. Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures. Melvin Ember and Carol R. Ember (eds.). Grolier/Human Relations Area Files, Yale University. Vol.1 pp.56-65.

2001 Cracks the Cityscape: Traditional Spatial Practices and the Official Discourse on Informality and Terrorism. In Muslim Traditions and Modern Techniques of Power. Armando Salvatore (ed.) Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam. Vol. III, Hamburg: Lit Verlag; New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publishers, pp.185-207.

2000 Death of a Midwife. In Situating Globalization. Views from Egypt. Cynthia Nelson and Shahnaz Rouse (eds.). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, pp.255-282.

1999 The Giza Pyramids: Accommodating Tourism, Leisure and Consumption. City and Society, Annual Review 1998:105-119.

1997 Giza Spaces. MERIP Middle East Report, Winter 1997, pp.14-16.

1997 Schleichende Krisen (Slow Crises). Freibeuter: Zeitschrift für Kultur und Politik, Heft 71:39-51. (In German).

1995 Streetvending and Urban Spaces. In Metropolitan Food System of Cairo. Jörg Gertel (ed.). Saarbrücken: Verlag für Entwicklungspolitik, pp.69-86.

1995 Moments of Eating: Economics, Space and Time. In Metropolitan Food System of Cairo. Jörg Gertel (ed.) Saarbrücken: Verlag für Entwicklungspolitik, pp.141-150.

[Gertel, Jörg and Petra Kuppinger] 1994 Space, Social Reproduction and Food Security in Cairo/Egypt. Geo Journal 34(3):277-286.

Courses Taught:
ANTH 103 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 260 Cultures of the Middle East
ANTH 362 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANTH 250 Childhood in Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANTH 364 Urban Anthropology
ANTH 250 Cultures of Europe
SOAN 301 Theories of Culture and Society
INTG 100 Introduction to Liberal Arts

PhD New School for Social Research 2000
MA American University in Cairo, Egypt 1990
Dipl-Soz.Paed. Ev. FHS Reutlingen, Germany 1986

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