ELISABETH BECKER is an ethnographer of religious communities in Europe, she is currently completing her PhD in Sociology at Yale University. Over the past few years, she has written articles for popular media outlets including a piece in the Washington Post entitled Peace Baby or Trump Target? A Mother's Dream of Jewish-Muslim Unity Turns into Fear. Her academic articles have been published in Global Dialogue, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Social Science & Medicine and The Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
Elisabeth is writing a memoir chronicling the cross-cultural marriage between herself, a Jewish American from New York City and her husband, a Turkish German Muslim from Berlin (provisionally titled: “On the Edge of the Worlds: Finding Faith in a Jewish-Muslim Marriage”). With warmth, humour, and honesty, she shares her experiences from when they met as student activists to the moment she told her family of their decision to marry (including why she never informed her 100 year old Jewish grandmother), to the difficult decisions such as whether she would convert to Islam, and to the birth and early upbringing of their son. The mundane becomes heart-wrenching and at times hilarious, from her Muslim mother-in-law begging to re-name her Fatmah, to her agnostic mother suddenly rekindling her Jewish faith as a response to her marriage. While grappling with the unique ups and downs of a cross-cultural marriage in an increasingly divided world, she also explores the universal experience of our individualist, often un-rooted age: Can love overcome all obstacles? Who am I and where do I belong?