Verena H. Meyer

Verena H. Meyer

Biography

Verena Meyer is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Religion. Before joining Columbia, she received an M.St. in the Study of Religion at Oxford University and studied Philosophy and Southeast Asian Studies at Universität Passau. Trained in Islamic Studies and specializing in Islam in Indonesia, her research focuses on the ways in which traditionalist and modernist Javanese Muslims construct and maintain their group identities through memory practices of authoritative founding figures and by appropriating canonical texts in Arabic, Indonesian, and Javanese. She studies traditionalist and modernist ideologies as sites where multiple epistemologies intersect and asks how conflicts between incommensurable epistemologies are understood, managed, and deployed as theological modes of articulation. In addition to her ethnographic work on contemporary Islam, she has also explored themes of coherence and paradox as modes of theological articulation in classical Malay and Javanese poetry and their reception of the Arabic philosophical tradition.