About the Panelists
Panel 1: New Paradigms & Approaches
Andrea O'Reilly: Andrea O’Reilly, PhD, is Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at York University. O'Reilly is founder and director of The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, and founder and publisher of Demeter Press. She is co-editor/editor of 20 books including Mothers, Mothering and Motherhood across Cultural Differences: A Reader (2014) and Academic Motherhood in a Post Second Wave Context (2012). O’Reilly is author of Toni Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart, (2004) and Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism, and the Possibility of Empowered Mothering, (2006). She is editor of the first encyclopedia (3 Volumes, 705 entries) on motherhood (2010). She is twice the recipient of York University’s “Professor of the Year Award” for teaching excellence and in 2014 was the first inductee into the Museum of Motherhood Hall of Fame.
Mervat Hatem: Mervat Hatem is professor of political science at Howard University in Washington DC. She is former president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (2007-9) and author of numerous book chapters and articles in refereed journals that deal with gender and politics in Egypt and the larger Middle East; and the impacts of state feminism, Islamism, structural adjustment programs, neoliberalism and globalization have had on gender relations and representations. She is also author of Literature, Gender and Nation-Building in Nineteenth Century Egypt, the Life and Works of `A'isha Taymur (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011).
Anne Fernald: Anne E. Fernald is Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Fordham University where she also currently serves as President of the Faculty Senate. She is the editor of the Cambridge University Press Mrs. Dalloway (2014), one of the editors of The Norton Reader, a widely used anthology of essays. She wrote Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader (2006) as well as articles and reviews on Woolf and feminist modernism. She occasionally updates her blog, Fernham, and can be found on twitter @fernham.
Farzaneh Milani: Farzaneh Milani is the Raymond J. Nelson Professor and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures and former Director of Studies in Women and Gender at the University of Virginia. She has published several books, most recently Words, not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement (Syracuse University Press, 2011; co-winner of Latifeh Yarshater Award), and over one hundred articles, epilogues, forewords, and afterwords in both Persian and English. She has served as the guest editor for special issues of Nimeye-Digar, Persian Language Feminist Journal, Iran Nameh and Iranian Studies: Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Ms. Magazine, Reader's Digest, USA Today, and contributed to National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She has presented 240 lectures nationally and internationally. A past president of the Association of Middle Eastern Women's Studies in America and a Carnegie Fellow, Milani was the recipient of the All University Teaching Award as well as Zintl Award (2015).
Panel 2: Negotiating (il)legality: Law & the State
Mahmoud Yazbak: Mahmoud Yazbak is a professor in the department of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa and lives in Nazareth. He obtained his degrees from the University of Haifa, the Hebrew University in Western Jerusalem and Oxford University, respectively. He is a historian of Palestinian social history. Many of his studies are focused on Palestine’s Urban History. He has published in Arabic, Hebrew and English in local, Arab world and International Journals. He is the author of Haifa in the Late Ottoman Period, 1864-1914: A Muslim Town in Transition (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1998); and Yifaat Weiss, Haifa before and after 1948, Narratives of a Mixed City, (Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, The Hague, 2011). Publishes frequently on social history and issues concerning the modern Palestinian society. In 2009-2012 headed the NGO, Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights In Israel. Yazbak is a member of various professional international and local Associations of Historical Studies. Between 2011-2014 chaired the Department of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa.
Ummul Fayiza P.P: Ummul Fayiza P.P is a researcher at the Centre for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi and currently working on her Master’s degree in Political Science from the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was recipient of the Nirman Foundation Fellowship (2014-15). She is the author of several publications, including two articles in a Malayalam book Malala: Prathi Vayanakal (Malala: Counter Readings) edited by Fasila A.K and Mufeeda K. T. (Pratheeksha Books, Calcutta). She is also a regular commentator on Muslim women issues for various newspapers, weeklies and websites. She is an activist for various issues related to Muslim women in India. Her research interests include gender, religion, women’s movements, law and citizenship.
Asma M. Abdel Halim: Asma M. Abdel Halim is an Associate Professor at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Toledo, USA. Where she teaches courses on gender, women’s issues in non-Western cultures, particularly African women and Muslim women’s legal and cultural issues. Her pedagogical interests include International conventions and issues of poverty, cultural practices, laws affecting the lives of women and issues of conflict and peace.Asma’s scholarly interests include feminism and women’s issues, legal and human rights issues under socio-cultural and religious mandates. Her current research project is looking into Sudanese laws from a feminist perspective in an effort to record and analyses the various constitutions that governed the evolution of laws in the country and laws that directly affect women’s rights such as Personal Status Laws (Ahwal Shakhsiyya) and Criminal law. Asma has published articles and books and participated in international and local conferences and meetings that address her research interests.
Maimuna Mohamud: Maimuna Mohamud is a researcher with the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) based in Mogadishu, Somalia and an independent consultant. Maimuna’s research interests include migration in the Horn of Africa and gender and politics with a particular focus on the Somali regions. She is currently undertaking an evaluation of the Somali Stability Fund's investments focusing on appraising the programs' adherence to principles of equity, equality and gender-responsiveness. Maimuna is a member of The Cambridge University Migration Research Network. She holds an MSc in Refugees and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Prior to that, she earned an MA in Global Gender Studies and a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before joining HIPS, Maimuna worked with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Algeria and Yemen as a consultant.
Panel 3: Lives, Livelihoods & Land
Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano: Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano is a social scientist and gender specialist who has conducted ethnographic research and gender analysis in relation to the feminization of agriculture. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Extension and Social Anthropology from Cornell University, NY and an Agricultural Engineering degree from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research and applied work has deep roots in Participatory Action Research, theory and practice. She has also been heavily involved in mainstreaming gender in agriculture and conservation-related efforts. Earlier, Biermayr-Jenzano has worked as the leader of the Participatory Research and Gender Analysis Program at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia. In the USA, she worked at Cornell University and studied how ethnicity, race and gender determine the ways in which women and Indigenous Peoples conserve biodiversity and natural resources. She been a consultant for various projects, including the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Morocco and the Food and Agriculture of the UN (FAO) in Latin America. Currently, she is a visiting adjunct Professor at the Center for Latin America Studies and the Women and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University.
Therese Harmonie Kobanghe: Originally from Paris, Harmonie holds a B.Sc. in International Politics and African Studies from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. While at Georgetown, Harmonie was awarded a Circumnavigators travel grant to pursue independent field research on the relationship between land rights, gender equality, and household food security in Peru, Brazil, Italy, Tanzania, India, Bhutan and Nepal. Building upon the findings of her study, Harmonie wrote a senior thesis, entitled “Whose Land is This? A Global Study of the Gendered Impacts of Land Rights on Food Security.” Her thesis argues that bridging the gender gap in agriculture is key to achieving food security in developing regions of the world. Upon graduation, Harmonie joined Physicians for Human Rights, where she provides administrative, logistical, and programmatic support for the Program Assistant for the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones. Harmonie is fluent in French, Spanish, and Lingala.
Elaine Louise Colligan: Elaine Colligan graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 2015. While at Georgetown, she studied Global Justice, and Gender and the Environment. She was active in GU Fossil Free, urging Georgetown to live up to its Jesuit ideals and divest from the fossil fuel industry, and organized with the Day Laborer Exchange program. Elaine studied abroad in Senegal, where she also conducted her field research. She speaks fluent French. She is currently employed as a field organizer with 350 Action, building grassroots power to promote climate justice during the presidential primary in New Hampshire.
Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck: Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck is a Senior at Georgetown University. She is majoring in Sociology and is also taking classes on Gender and the Environment. Eeuphelma is from Bhutan, a small landlocked country between, India and China. She has been passionate about gender equality and the environment ever since she interned at the National Environment Commission of Bhutan (NEC) and RENEW, a local NGO that supports women and children in Bhutan. In the Spring of 2014, she enrolled in a class on “Gender and Sustainability” and since then she has focused all her studies and research work on women’s empowerment, their access to land tenure, economic and spiritual wellbeing. The class inspired her to start looking into rural women’s role in development, leading her to develop and present a participatory research proposal to focus on land tenure systems and women empowerment in the four regions of Bhutan. Eeuphelma conducted preliminary data collection during the Summer 2015 and is currently working on opening up possibilities for rural women in her own country.
Lipika Kamra: Lipika Kamra is a DPhil candidate at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Her research interests crisscross political anthropology, gender studies, development studies, and South Asian history and politics. Her doctoral research examines the relationship between statemaking, development, and counterinsurgency in rural eastern India. Through a combination of ethnographic and historical methods, she studies how counterinsurgency recurs as a primary driver of colonial and postcolonial statemaking in regions associated today with the Maoist insurgency.
Panel 4: Gendered Violence, Citizenship and the State
Nadeen El-Ashmawy: Nadeen El-Ashmawy is an undergraduate student at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar majoring in Culture and Politics. Most recently, she interned with Teach for Qatar’s Alumni and Impact Department and with Ali Bin Ali Group. She has also held several research assistant positions at SFS-Q. El-Ashmawy has a certificate in Arab and Regional Studies, which she received following her completion of a thesis titled “From Company Towns to Metropolitan Centers: The Evolution of the Canal Cities”. She is currently a Candidate of Honors in Culture and Politics, for which she is writing a thesis on the transforming nature of sexual harassment in Egyptian society. Her interests are particularly focused on gender studies and international development.
Deena Newaz: Deena Newaz is a senior majoring in Culture and Politics at Georgetown University in Qatar. As a part of her minor in American Studies, she has completed a thesis on the role of social media mobilization during the Ferguson movement in the United States. Deena's interests spans the fields of gender studies, education and social entrepreneurship. She has completed a yearlong executive education program that focuses on project development, education policy and social entrepreneurship with the World Innovation Summit for Education. Since then she has been working with a team to design and manage a social initiative, The Imagine Project, in Haiti that seeks to transform instructional practice in primary schools through inquiry based education.
Nada Abdul-Hay: Nada Abdul-Hay is senior at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, majoring in International History with a concentration on Islamic & gender studies. She is a Member of the National Honor Society of History & Theta Alpha Kappa. In the past she has been a Volunteer & Youth Advisory Board Member at Reach Out to Asia. Her previous work experiences included: Research Assistant at Georgetown, Event's Services Assistant at HBKU's Student Center and Events Manager Assistant at Ali Bin Ali.
Nadia Al Khater: is an undergraduate student majoring in International Politics at the University of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She has had previous experience in research with the UREP grant, which allowed her to explore urban design and development in Qatar. Her current research examines the ways that citizenship laws in Qatar disadvantage Qatari women, and how this supports a new sense of Qatari national identity which furthers state legitimacy.
Panel 5: Lives of Contestation
Siham Rayale: Siham Rayale’s academic research currently centres on the intersection of feminist security studies and post-conflict reconstruction in the Horn of Africa. She has in the past conducted empirical studies on women’s active participation in peace processes and political institutions. Her PhD work focused on the use of Somaliland women’s narratives to impact the way we conceptualize political spaces and subjectivities. She has written op-eds for Open Democracy, LSE Africa and Oxfam blogs. Siham received her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Amira El-Zein is Associate Professor with Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. She is the author of Islam, Arabs, and the Intelligent World of the Jinn (Syracuse University Press, 2009) and the co-editor of Culture, Creativity and Exile (Bethesda Maryland, Kitab Publications, 2003). She is also a published poet in Arabic, French, and English. Among her published poetry are The Bedouins of Hell (2002) and The Jinn and Other Poems (Arrowsmith, Boston, 2006). She read her poetry at the UN in New York, Paris, London, Washington DC, and Boston. El-Zein is a translator in Arabic, French, and English. Among her numerous translations: Les Tarahumaras of Antonin Artaud (from French into Arabic), Malraux par lui-même by Gaeton Picon (from French into Arabic), and a co-translation of the poetry of Mahmud Darwish in Unfortunately it Was Paradise (California University Press, 2006).
Arjun Bedi: Arjun Singh Bedi is Professor of Development Economics at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Prior to joining ISS in 1999, he held positions at the University of Bonn (1998-99) and Columbia University (1996-98). In 2013-2014 he was visiting professor at Georgetown University's campus in Doha. His research focuses on labour and human resource economics in developing countries. His work has been published in several international economics and development studies journals including Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Health Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Applied Economics, Labour Economics, Economics of Transition, Economics of Education Review and World Development.
Yasmine Mandour: Yasmine Mandour is a research assistant at Ikhtyar 'Choice' for gender studies and research. She is also a research member (and a former reviewer) at the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) in the Netherlands. Her research interests include: feminism; feminist theory; gender and development; and gender roles. She has a BSc. in Political Science from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, English Section, Cairo University, Class 2015.She wrote her senior thesis on the topic of "Women's’ Empowerment Between Theory and Practice: a comparative study between Rwanda and Mozambique."
Panel 6: Politics of the Body
Ayman Shabana: Ayman Shabana is Associate Research Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q). Prior to joining SFS-Q, he taught at several institutions including the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, his MA from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and his BA from al-Azhar University in Egypt. His teaching and research interests include Islamic legal history, Islamic law and ethics, human rights and bioethics. He is the director of the Islamic Bioethics Project, which has been supported by three consecutive grants from Qatar National Research Fund’s National Priorities Research Program. In 2012 he received the Research Excellence Award at the Qatar Annual Research Forum and during the academic year 2013-2014 he was a visiting research fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School.
Azza Ahmed Abdel Aziz: Azza Ahmed Abdel Aziz holds a PhD in Social and Medical anthropology gained in 2013 from the department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research interests focus on cultural understandings of health, largely featuring explorations of the interface between cultural understandings of health and bio-medical configurations of health. Aziz’s work focuses the different types of access to healthcare that individuals and groups have to a range of healthcare opportunities, from therapeutics based on cultural beliefs to those based on scientific epistemologies. She has in-depth experience working on these issues among individuals and groups of people whose lives have been subject to experiences of movement/migration in different forms.
Veronica Buffon: Veronica Buffon is a doctoral researcher at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, where she teaches Gender Studies and Anthropology. She has degrees in Anthropology from Milano-Bicocca University (MA), and in Kurdish Studies from the University of Exeter (MA), and is a board member of a newly established Anthropology network on health and medicine in the Middle East (MAMENA). Following extensive anthropological fieldwork in Morocco, Turkey and Italy, she has expanded her research interests to include the Kurdish region. Her thesis explores medical pluralism in the conflict area of Diyarbakir from a gender perspective. She is particularly interested in traditional medicine, women’s health practices, and how they have been affected by biomedicine and modernisation.
Djemma bint Zeroual ben Belkacem: Djemaa bint Zeroual ben Belkacem is a professor of history at the Hadj Lakhdar University, Batna, Algeria. She is the chairperson of the research committee in Algerian Studies in Culture and Society at the University of Batna, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is the author of several publications including a recently published article in the Journal of Studies and Research, University of Djelfa, using archival material on the topic of slavery in southern Algeria during colonial French occupation. Djemaa has also been a participant in several international conferences including the International Forum at the University of Biskra (2014), a historic symposium Department of Humanities at the University of Batna on Martyr's (2015), the first International Conference on Humanities academically and professionally forward-looking visions held at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2015) and the International Conference on the Ottoman period in the Contemporary Arab Studies, held at the University of Constantine (2015).
Panel 7: (In)visible Women
Sophie Richter Devroe: Sophie Richter-Devroe is an Associate Professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies with a broad research interest in gender theory and women’s activism in the Middle East. Her book manuscript entitled How Women Do Politics: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival in post-Oslo Palestine won the 2012 National Women’s Studies Association/Illinois Press First Book Prize (forthcoming with Illinois University Press). She has published translations and reviews of Arabic literary works, as well as several journal articles on Palestinian and Iranian women’s activism. Her work also includes research on Palestinian refugees, Palestinian cultural production and the Naqab Bedouin.
Tayyaba Syed: Tayyaba Syed is an award-winning author and journalist, and the editorial publishing associate for Daybreak Press. She began her career as a writer/editor of the Honors College Pre-medicine Journal while a student at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Since then, she has written for numerous publications, including a feature on National Public Radio. The Islamic Writers Alliance awarded her first place for her short story called “The Blessed Banana Tree.” She is the co-author of Umm Nura's Jannah Jewels Book 6: Mystery in Morocco, where she highlights the accomplishments of Fatima al-Fihri in a fun and educational way for kids. She actively volunteers for Rabata, a non-profit organization for women that promotes positive cultural change through individual empowerment and the revival of the female voice in scholarship. Ms. Tayyaba is pursuing her Islamic Studies certification through the Ribaat Academic Institute. She also mentors and volunteers with the youth in Illinois, where she resides with her husband and three children.
Ahmed Sa’idi: Ahmed Saidy received his PhD from Abdelmalek Essaady University in Tetouan in 2009 in the field of manuscript studies and research. Currently, he teaches at the Multidisciplinary College in Errachidia, which is attached to the Moulay Ismail University. He is the author of several books in Arabic including Fahras Bin Nasser (that was published by Dar Al Kotoub al 3ilmiya, Beirut, 2005), Ijazaat Hadithiya wa Asanid Mottasila (published by Dar Al Kotoub al Ilmiya, Beirut, 2007), Souss: History, Culture and Society (published by Dar Ifriquia Chark, Casablanca, 2011), Fahrasat Sheikh Mohamed ben Ali El Ouarzazi (published by University of Tetouan Asmir publishing, 2012), and Motraat Alkowous fi Atar Tayifa min Oudabaa Souss (Beirut, 2013). Saidy's publications also include a set of articles and studies that appeared in leading journals. He has taken part in several seminars and conferences in Morocco and abroad, such as the conference on “Manuscripts of the Mamluk Sultanate” organised by the Islamic Manuscripts Association at the University of Cambridge and the conference on “Manuscripts and Conflicts” at the University of Cambridge as well as a conference on “History and Civilisation” in Muscat and a conference on “Alf Laila wa Laila” at INALCO institute in Paris. Saidy is actively engaged in research groups on various issues including Arabic Philology and Literature, the Islamic Manuscript Association in Cambridge (TIMA), the historical dictionary of the Arabic language in Doha and the Moroccan Association for Andalusian Studies in Tetouan (Morocco).
Fatema Al-Malki: Fatema Al-Malki is a Graduate Scholar at Qatar National Research Fund, a body committed to enabling research in Qatar. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Culture and Politics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and continued her education at King’s College London where she obtained a master’s degree in Cultural and Creative Industries. Her research interests lie in the fields of Gulf women and media. As Qatar shifts to a knowledge-based economy, creative industries are becoming more and more significant. It is imperative for women to thus navigate their new found roles in this shift and find new methods of empowerment. Al-Malki’s research on young Gulf women as drivers of change reinforces the idea that Gulf women are vital components of creative and cultural economies.
Panel 8: The Aesthetics of (Re)presenting Women
Deepra Dandeker: Deepra Dandekar (PhD) is a researcher of gender and religion in South Asia, with special focus on Maharashtra. She lives in Berlin, where is currently associated with the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, Heidelberg University (Germany). During her time at the University, she has been engaged in a project entitled Sufi Shrines as Transcultural Communicative Interfaces in Western India, since 2012. A book based on her doctorate research describing the cultural construction of motherhood and childlessness in Maharashtra titled Boundaries and Motherhood: Ritual and Reproduction in Rural Maharashtra will shortly be published by Zubaan Books, New Delhi. She is also co-editor of a volume titled Islam, Sufism and Everyday Politics in South Asia that will be published by Routledge, London in 2016.
Dana M. Olwan is assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at Syracuse University and visiting assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Her research is located at the nexus of feminist theorizations of gendered and sexual violence and solidarities across geopolitical and racial differences. She is the recipient of a Future Minority Studies postdoctoral fellowship, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Art/Research Grant, and a Palestinian American Research Council grant. Her work has appeared and is forthcoming in the Journal of Settler Colonial Studies, the Canadian Journal of Sociology, Feral Feminisms, American Quarterly, Feminist Formations, and Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice. She is completing her first book manuscript, “Traveling Discourses: Gendered Violence and the Transnational Politics of the ‘Honor Crime.’”
Hanene Baroumi: Hanene Baroumi was a former student at the Higher Institute of languages in Tunis (ISLT), where she obtained a BA in English Literature and an MA in Cross-Cultural Poetics. She is presently a PhD candidate at Manouba Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities. She has participated in many conferences and workshops in Tunisia, Germany, and Algeria. She won a research grant to be a visiting fellow at the State University of New York, USA. Her research interests are in Literary and Cultural Studies, North-African Literature, and Women and Gender Studies.
Habib Bouherour: Habib Bouherour is an Associate Professor of Criticism and Modern Arabic Literature at the Department of Arabic Language, College of Arts and Sciences at Qatar University. He got his HDR in 2009 from the University of Constantine I, Algeria. His major was Modern Arabic Literature, with Theory of Literature as a supporting area. He got his PhD in 2007 from University of Constantine I, Algeria. His interests include modern literary criticism, literary theory, discourse analysis, comparative literature and narratives. He has taught courses on Modern & Contemporary Arab poetry, modern literary criticism, theory & research methods of literature and issues in Arabic poetry. His books include Bouherour, H. (2014). Approaches to Criticism and Literary Theory (1st ed., vol. 1, pp. 200). He is the recipient of a Qatar University grant and lead investigator on a project titled “Inventory of Periodicals and Journals in the Language, Literature and Humanities Published in Arabic in Arab and Non-Arab Countries," Qatar University, (2014 - 2016).
Mawahib Ahmed: Mawahib Ahmed holds a PhD in Women’s, Gender and Feminist Studies from York University, Toronto; an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands; and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Khartoum, Sudan. She has also studied community development and community capacity building at the Institute in Management and Community Development at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She is the recipient of several academic awards and grants, such as the African Fellowship at the American University in Cairo; the Ethel Armstrong Award in Women’s Studies, York University; and a grant from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Mawahib has worked as teaching and research staff at the Department of Political Science, University of Khartoum and York University and has extensive experience in administration and community development in Khartoum, Toronto and Doha. She is currently responsible for managing the operations at the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in the Faculty of Islamic Studies at University of Hamad Bin Khalifa, Doha, in addition to handling the field research project on Islam, Gender and Ethics by CILE.
Panel 9: Writing Women’s Lives in Historical Perspective (Spain)
Cristina de la Puente Gonzalez: Cristina de la Puente is Scientific Researcher at the Department of Jewish and Islamic Studies of the Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) since 1999. She was Vice Director of her institute from 2011 till 2012. She was Coordinator for Humanities and Social Sciences at CSIC from 2012 till 2013. Since August 2013 she is Deputy Vice President at CSIC (for Internationalisation till February 2015 and then for Scientific and Technological Areas). She studied Semitic Philology (Arabic and Islamic Studies) at the Complutense University in Madrid (1983-88), then she was professor at University of Yarmouk (1988-89) in Jordan. She enjoyed pre and post-doctoral positions at the Department of Oriental Studies of the University of Tübingen (Germany) from 1992 till 1996. Ph.D. in 1994 (Complutense University) with a dissertation on Islamic Theology.
She has published some books, articles and book chapters in Spanish and International books and journals. Her main fields of research are Islamic Law in the Western Muslim World, Islamic Theology, Transmission of Muslim Traditions and Popular Religiosity; and History of al-Andalus.
Finally, she is member of the Committee for Humanities at Science Europe since 2012.
Roser Salicru-Lluc: Roser Salicrú i Lluch is a tenured Scientist on Medieval Mediterranean History at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research Milà i Fontanals Institution in Barcelona. She is an expert in the study of politics, socioeconomic and intercultural relationships between Christian and Islamic lands in Western Mediterranean during the Late Medieval period. She is also doing active research on slavery, captivity and piracy.
Delfina Serrano Ruano: Delfina Serrano is PhD holding, tenured researcher at the National High Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) in Madrid (Spain). She is a member of the research group “Islamology: past and present of the shari'a through its textual tradition”. She focuses on Islamic law and the intellectual history of the pre-modern Islamic West, including the relationship between fiqh and other Islamic religious sciences like kalam and Sufism, but also the relevance of theory and practice of classical Islamic jurisprudence to contemporary Muslim societies. Results of her work have been published in both Spanish and international periodicals and collective volumes like Al-Qantara, Islamic Law and Society, Der Islam, Hawwa, and etc. She is the author of a Spanish translation and study of Madhahib al-hukkam fi nawazil al-ahkam, a collection of legal cases compiled by the 12th century Maliki jurist Muhammad b. `Iyad and dealing with his activities as a qadi and as a mufti of his father, qadi `Iyad, the author of a biography of prophet Muhammad, known as the Shifa’. She has also edited a collective volume on “Cruelty and compassion in Arabic and Islamic literature”. At present she is the chief editor of the CSIC series “Estudios Árabes e Islámicos”.
Isabel Toral-Niehoff: Isabel Toral-Niehoff, studied History and Arabic Studies in Tübingen (PhD 1997: Kitab Ǧiranīs. Die arabische Übersetzung der ersten Kyranis. Herausgegeben, übersetzt und kommentiert, published München 2004), Habilitation 2008 (FU Berlin). Her main publishing and research fields are: Arabia and the Near East in Late Antiquity; cultural identity; cultural transfer processes; Arabic Occult Sciences; Classical Arabic literature and historiography; and al-Andalus. She has recently published a monograph al-Ḥīra: Eine arabische Kulturmetropole im spätantiken Kontext (Brill 2014). From 2012 to 2014 she held a Marie Curie fellowship in London. Since 2014 she works as a senior researcher at the Courant Research Centre “Education and Religion” (EDRIS) at the University of Göttingen with a project on the ʿIqd al-farīd by Ibn ʿAbd Rabbih.
Monika Winet: Monika Winet obtained her Master of Arts in Islamic and Arabic Studies and Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature at the Universities of Basel, Zurich (Switzerland) and Freiburg i.Br. (Germany) in 1993. In 2001, she obtained her PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Basel; the PhD dissertation was a study on the Arabic article in Spanish and Portuguese (El artículo árabe en las lenguas iberorrománicas: aspectos fonéticos, morfológicos y semánticos de la transferencia léxica, Córdoba 2006). Between 2001- 2002 she was a research assistant at the Orientalisches Seminar of the University of Freiburg i. Breisgau (Germany). Prior to that, between 1996 and 2009, she held an Assistant Professorship at the Orientalisches Seminar of the University of Basel. She was the Managing Director and Research Assistant at the Courant Research Centre “Education and Religion”, University of Göttingen between 2009-2015. She has had extended stays in Syria, Tehran, Spain and Portugal. In 2001, she received the award of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Basel for her PhD thesis. She has taught various courses on different aspects of Islamic culture and Arabic language and literature. Her research interests include: Arabic travel literature, Christian-Arabic literature (Karshuni), Aljamiado Literature (especially Aljamiado Qur’ans) and language contact in al-Andalus. Since 2010, she has been the Treasurer of the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI) and between 2005-2010 she was the President of the Swiss Society of Middle East and Islamic Cultures (SGMOIK).
Panel 10: Rupture and Continuum in Arab Women’s Lives
Hatoon Al Fassi: Hatoon al-Fassi originates from Makkah, and is a graduate of the University of Manchester, UK specializing in the history of Saudi women. Having worked for 26 years at King Saud University, Riyadh, she is currently, an Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs, Qatar University. She is also the General Coordinator of “Baladi Initiative” for empowering Saudi women in the public sphere, and is a driving factor behind the Saudi women’s suffrage movement since 2004.
Islah Jad: (Hossneya Gad) is currently linked to Qatar University, International Affairs Department since 2014 and received her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 2004. Jad was a lecturer on gender issues and politics at the Women's Studies Institute and Cultural Studies Institute of Birzeit University, where she was its director from 2008-2013. She joined Birzeit in 1983 and is a founding member of its women’s studies MA program. She has written books and papers on the role of women in politics, Palestinian women and the relationships among them, Islam, and NGOs: Palestinian Female Headed Households, MAS, Ramallah, 2002; Women at the Crossroads: The Palestinian Women's Movement between Nationalism, Secularism and Islamism, MUWATIN-The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, Ramallah. Palestine June 2008. Second edition reprinted by Dar al Farabi, Beirut, 2013. Jad is also a consultant on gender issues to the United Nations Development Programme and is co-author of the UN's Arab Development Report on Women's Empowerment.
Reem Meshal: Reem Meshal is currently Associate Professor of Middle Eastern history at Qatar University, a post she has held since September 2015. Meshal received her PhD in 2007 from McGill University, Institute of Islamic Studies, focusing on law and society in early modern Ottoman history. Her publications include a book, Sharia and the Making of the Modern Egyptian (AUC Press, 2013), as well as numerous articles on the hijab in North America and the construction of ‘orthodoxy’ in early modern and contemporary Islamic discourse.
Nora Barakat: Nora Barakat is Assistant Professor of History at Qatar University, where she teaches topics in Gulf History. Her research focuses on the environmental, legal and social history of the Ottoman Arab world in the nineteenth century. She is currently working on a book project titled Empty Land? Nomads and Property in the Late Ottoman Empire. She completed her PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015.
Mariam al-Mulla: Mariam Ibrahim al-Mulla is an Assistant Professor & Coordinator of the History Program at Qatar University. Mariam is a Musicologist and an Art Historian. Her main interest and specialty is in museums, heritage and cultural studies. She has written articles for newspapers, journals and books on museums and Qatari culture and heritage. She leads research clusters at Qatar University such as; Identity, Culture & Globalization; and Qatari Voices: Collecting Qatari Oral History. Mariam has organized various workshops and symposiums in Qatar and overseas. She is the winner of the award for Education Excellence 2015.