A monograph and four journal articles are in preparation.
-- Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority, co-edited with Masooda Bano (Leiden: Brill, 2012).
Download post-print pdfs of introductory material: [volume intro] [part 1 intro] [part 2 intro] [part 3 intro]
This 22 chapter volume is based on papers from a 2009 conference. It is the first to discuss female Islamic leadership around the world, a topic of growing interest among academics and the wider public.
-- "Sur le chemin de Damas: Enquête sur l'authorité des femmes prêcheurs dans les mosquées en Syrie," Travail, genre et sociétés, 27 (2012), 73-89.
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I was asked to write this peer-reviewed article for a special issue given my past work on female Islamic authority.
-- "Social and Religious Change in Damascus: One Case of Female Islamic Religious Authority," British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 35.1 (2008), 37-57.
The final published version available at address linked to title. For author's post-print, see [here].
This is the first publication to focus on the authority of a contemporary female mosque instructor. It won the 2007 BRISMES Graduate Article Prize. The instructor discussed in the article (Huda or Houda al-Habash) is also profiled in 2012 documentary film, The Light in Her Eyes, on whose advisory board I serve.
-- "Islamic Authority and the Study of Female Religious Leaders," single-authored introduction to Women, Leadership and Mosques: Change in Contemporary Islamic Authority, edited by Masooda Bano and Hilary Kalmbach (Leiden: Brill, 2012).
This sole-authored introduction to the edited volume listed above presents a new approach to the study of Islamic authority and explains why a study focused on female Islamic authority makes a significant contribution to scholarship on Islam and Muslim women.
-- “Training Teachers How to Teach: Transnational Exchange the the Introduction of Social-Scientifi Pedagogy in 1890s Egypt,” under revision for inclusion in the volume resulting from the CASAW workshop Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance?, to be published with Edinburgh University Press.
-- “Dar al-‘ulum”, Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd edition (2012).
-- “Islam,” Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Pub., 2011).
-- “Modernization in Egypt: Muhammad Ali and Ismail,” “Egyptian Economic Development Under Muhammad Ali,” and “Origins and Early History of Wahhabism,” in World History Encyclopedia: Era 7: The Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914 (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2011).
-- “Feminism in the Middle East,” World History Encyclopedia: Era 8: Crisis and Achievement, 1900-1945 (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2011).
-- Review of Muslim Rebels: Kharijites and the Politics of Extremism in Egyptby Jeffrey T. Kenney, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006) for International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 41 (2009), 309-311.
-- Review of Syria and Saudi Arabia: Collaboration and Conflicts in the Oil Era by Sonoko Sunayama (London: Tauris Academic Studies, 2007) for International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 41 (2009), 159-162.
-- Review of Muslim Diaspora: Gender, culture and identity, edited by Haideh Moghissi, (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2006) for International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 41 (2009), 351-356.
-- Organizer of ongoing thematic conversation on Islamic Authority held at the MESA Annual Meeting:
---- 2011: Mapping Change in Islamic Authority: Shifting Cultures of Knowledge, Learning, and Practice, with presentations from Gudrun Krämer (Free U, Berlin), Mirjam Künkler (Princeton), Martijn de Koning (Radboud U, Nijmegen), and Thomas Pierret (Edinburgh)
---- 2012: Spaces, Networks, Institutions: Men, Women, and Islamic Authority in the Twentieth Century (on program)
Organized the following panels at the MESA Annual Meeting:
---- 2012: Looking Beyond National Borders and Cultural Boundaries: Transnational Connections and the Reform of Islamic Education, 1820-1950 (on program)
---- 2011: New Ideas, Institutions, and Adaptations: The Politics of Education Reform after the Nahda in Syria, Egypt, and Algeria
---- 2010: Change, Continuity, and the Modernization of Religious Authority in Twentieth-Century Syria and Egypt
---- 2009: Writing and Contesting History in Egypt and Syria in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries
-- Lead organizer for international conference section of co-coordinated project, Women, Leaderships, and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority, St Antony’s College, Oxford, October 2009.
-- “The Transnational Reach of Cairo's Dar al-'Ulum, 1890-1950,” MESA Annual Meeting, Denver, November 2012 (on program)
-- “Being ‘Modern’ and Religious: Hybridity, Authenticity and Cairo’s Dar al-‘Ulum,” MESA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., December 2011
-- "Education, Social and Cultural Capital, and the Transformation of Modern Islamic Leadership: Challenging Scholarly Assumptions," BRISMES Conference, Exeter, June 2011
-- “Hybridized Education and the Emergence of Modern Islamic Authority: Dar al-‘Ulum, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizb al-Tahrir,“ MESA Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 2010
-- “History as a Hobby in Interwar Egypt: Memoirs, Modernity and Muhammad ‘Abd al-Jawad’s Yearbook, Taqwim Dar al-‘Ulum,” MESA Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2009
-- “Female Islamic Religious Authority in Contemporary Damascus,” BRISMES Postgraduate Conference, Oxford, UK, July 2007
-- “Changing Ideas about Teacher Training: Importing Social Scientific Approaches into 1890s Egypt,” Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Workshop on The Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance, University of Edinburgh, May 2011
-- “Preaching, Speaking, Leading: Preliminary Thoughts about Female Islamic Leadership in Britain” as an invited presenter at a seminar, Encouraging Muslim Women Into Higher Education Through Partnerships and Collaborative Pathways, Higher Education Academy Islamic Studies Network Project, February 2011
-- “Female Islamic Leadership in Context” as an invited guest presenter at a seminar, Women as Scholars and Leaders: Theological Debates in Islam, University of Birmingham (UK), June 2010
-- "Changing Pedagogies: Dar al-‘Ulum and the Impact of Social Scientific Thought", Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies Workshop on Historical and Critical Perspectives on the Social Sciences in Egypt, 1882-1952, Cambridge, April 2008
-- "Female Leadership and Activism in Conservative Islamic Communities: An Islamic Form of Feminism?" Engaging Islam Fall Institute, UMass Boston, September 2007
-- “Religious Authority for Muslim Women? Historical and Contemporary Dynamics of a Significant Phenomenon,” International Gender Studies Centre Seminar, University of Oxford, June 2011
-- “Emotion versus Analysis: Contrasting Descriptions of the “Battle” to Wear the Tarboush at Dar al-‘Ulum”, Oriental Institute (Islamic World) Research In Progress Seminar, University of Oxford, December 2010
-- “Education Reform and the Emergence of Modern Islamic Authority: Dar al-'Ulum, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizb al-Tahrir,” Religious History Seminar, University of Oxford, May 2010
-- “A Modern Islamic Education? Dar al-‘Ulum and Changing Authority of Knowledge in Early Twentieth Century Egypt”, Oriental Institute (Islamic World) Research in Progress Seminar, University of Oxford, June 2009