Pedro Pestana Soares

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Research Context

Portugal | Mozambique | Angola | United Kingdom

Research Interests

Anthropology of Islam | Religion and Migrations | Religious Diversity in Portugal | Transnationalism and Charisma

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Biographical Note

Pedro Pestana Soares is a doctoral student in Anthropology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he researches Sufi-inspired Islamic movements in the outskirts of Lisbon, their transnational articulations, and the suburban setllement of Muslim communities in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. In 2016, he completed his Masters in Anthropology at ISCTE-IUL, with an ethnography of Angolan Catholic missions that host children accused of witchcraft. Previously, as a member of Númena - Research Centre in Social Sciences and Humanities, he worked on minority religions and religious discrimination in Portugal and integrated the multidisciplinary team of "The Pilgrimage Project: A Study of Motivations and Experiences in Sacred Spaces", undertaking fieldwork in several Christian and Neopagan pilgrimage sites around Europe. He was the recipient of the first edition of the Religious Liberty Prize, awarded by the Commission for Religion Freedom for the research project "Religious Discrimination through the Eyes of Minority Confessions".

All projects

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Um Outro Islão: Dinâmicas Transnacionais Barelwi entre Lisboa e Nova Sofala


Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas; Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Um estudo etnográfico sobre o acolhimento e reintegração social de crianças acusadas de feitiçaria em Angola

BI n.º10/2012

Financiers: Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa


The pilgrimage project: A study of motivations and experiences in sacred spaces


Financiers: Fundação Bial

All Publications

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Book chapter

Portugal in Yearbook of Muslims 14

Soares, Pedro Pestana; Mapril, José, Yearbook of Muslims in Europe. Brill . Leiden, Netherlands. 2022. Published

Journal article

"És feiticeiro, então já estudas": Crianças em risco, agencialidade e mobilidade social em Angola

Pedro Pestana Soares, Mana. 3. 27. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1590/1678-49442021v27n3a202 . 10.1590/1678-49442021v27n3a202 . Published

Book chapter

Portugal in Yearbook of Muslims 13

Mapril, José; Soares, Pedro Pestana, Yearbook of Muslims 13. Brill. Leiden, Netherlands. 2021. Published

Book chapter


Soares, Pedro Pestana; Mapril, José, Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Volume 13. Brill. Leiden, Netherlands. 2021. Published

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