Al-Raida Journal Advisory Board

Lila Abu-Lughod


Lila Abu-Lughod is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University. She teaches Anthropology and Women’s Studies and is currently director of the Middle East Institute. Her scholarship, strongly ethnographic and mostly based on research in Egypt, has focused on three broad issues: the relationship between cultural forms and power; the politics of knowledge and representation; and questions of women’s and human rights in the Middle East. Among her books are Veiled Sentiments; Writing Women’s Worlds; and Dramas of Nationhood. She has also co-edited with Ahmad H. Sa’di: Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory. Her most recent book is Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (Harvard University Press, 2013).

Nadje Al-Ali


Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender Studies, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her main research interests revolve around gender theory; feminist activism; women and gender in the Middle East; transnational migration and diaspora moblization; war, conflict and reconstruction’ art & cultural studies and food. Her publications include What kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (2009, University of California Press, co-authored with Nicola Pratt); Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives (Zed Books, 2009, co-edited with Nicola Pratt); Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present (2007, Zed Books); New Approaches to Migration (ed., Routledge, 2002, with Khalid Koser); Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press 2000) and Gender Writing - Writing Gender (The American University in Cairo Press, 1994) as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. Her most recent book (co-edited with Deborah al-Najjar) is entitled We are Iraqis: Aesthetics & Politics in a Time of War (Syracuse University Press).

Professor Al-Ali was President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS) from 2009-2011. She is also a member of the Feminist Review Collective and a founding member of Act Together: Women’s Action for Iraq ( She is currently involved in several capacity building projects with Iraqi academics and women’s rights activists.

Margot Badran


Margot Badran is a historian and gender studies specialist focusing on the Middle East and Islamic world. She is a senior fellow at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and senior scholar at the Institute for the Study of Women and Art, Rutgers University.  Her research interests include secular and Islamic feminisms, women, gender and revolution including diverse activisms and verbal and visual narratives.  Among her recent essays are: “The Art of Revolution in Egypt: Brushes with Women,” J. Brodsky and F. Olin, Women and Art in the Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (2012) and “Egypt’s Revolution and the New Feminism,” The Immanent Frame (2011). Her two most recent books are: Women and Gender in Africa: Rights, Sexuality, and Law (2011) and Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Discourses (2009). Her forthcoming articles include: “Political Islam and Gender,” J. Esposito and E. Shaheen, eds. A Handbook of Political Islam and “Theorizing Oral History as Autobiography: A Look at the Narrative of a Woman Revolutionary in Egypt,” Journal of Women’s History.  Recent public presentations include A Conversation on Women and the Revolution in Egypt with Yasmine El-Rashidi at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and a talk titled, Beyond (Secular-Religious) Dichotomy: Building a New Egypt at the Woodrow Wilson international center for scholars.  She is presently in Egypt working on a book on women and gender in the Egyptian revolution.

Rosemarie Buikema


Rosemarie Buikema is professor of Art, Culture and Diversity at Utrecht University. She chairs the UU Graduate Genderprogramme and is the scientific director of the Netherlands Research School of  Genderstudies (NOG). In that capacity she also co-ordinates the UU share in the Erasmus Mundus Master in Genderstudies GEMMA and directs the annual international Summerschool in Genderstudies: NOISE. She has widely published in the field of feminist and postcolonial theory in international journals like European Journal of Women’s Studies, Women’s Studies International Forum, Journal of Genderstudies, European Journal of English Studies, Journal of European Studies, Journal of Memory Studies amongst others. Her latest co-edited publications are Doing Gender in Media Art and Culture (Routledge 2009, with I. Van der Tuin) and Theories and Methodologies in Feminist Research (Routledge 2011, with G.Griffin and N. Lykke). Her current research concerns the role of the arts in processus of political transitions. Here she combines theories of transitional justice, the politics of aesthetics and sexual difference in order to develop new and multilayered scenario’s for change and transnational justice. See also and

Hoda Elsadda


Hoda Elsadda is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University.  She previously held a Chair in the Study of the Contemporary Arab World at Manchester University, and was Co-Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World in the UK. In 1992, she co-founded and co-edited Hagar, an interdisciplinary journal in women’s studies published in Arabic. In 1997, she co-founded and is currently Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Women and Memory Forum (, a research organization which focuses on reading Arab cultural history from a gender-sensitive perspective. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies JMEWS; member of the Advisory Board of the Durham Modern Languages Series; Associate Editor of the Online Edition of the Encyclopedia of Women in Muslim Cultures; member of the Board of Directors of The Global Fund for Women; member of the International Advisory Board of al-Raida; member of the Arab Families Working Group; and member of the Board of Trustees of the Sawiris Cultural Award. She was Consultant Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, Second Edition (2006-2009); member of the British Academy, The Middle East Panel (2008-2011); member of the Editorial board, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (IJMES) (2005-2009); and member of the Judges Committee for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (2012). Her research interests are in the areas of gender studies, cultural studies, comparative literature, oral narratives and women’s writings. Her most recent book is:  Gender, Nation and the Arabic Novel: Egypt: 1892-2008 ( Edinburgh University Press and Syracuse University Press, 2012).

Suad Joseph


Suad Joseph, born in Lebanon, completed her PhD in Anthropology at Columbia University. She has investigated the policitization of religious sects in Lebanon and the connections between religion, ethnicity and state.  That work led her to study the impact of women and family on religion and state and their impacts on subjectivity in the Middle East and their diaspora.  Current projects include the representation of Muslims in US print news media. She is General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (Brill 2003-2007) and EWIC Online (2009). She is Editor of: Intimate Selving in Arab Families: Gender, Self and Identity (1999, Syracuse); and of Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East (2000, Syracuse), co-editor of Women and Power in the Middle East (U. Pennsylvania 2001. She founded the Middle East Research Group in Anthropology ( became the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association);  the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies; the Arab Families Working Group;  and a Consortium of 5 universities in Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine, with UC Davis where she is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies and is the founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UC Davis.   She co-founded the Association for Arab American Studies and the Association for Middle East Anthropology. She has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the International Development Research Center, the Population Council, UNICEF, the Swedish Institute of Alexandria, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, and other funders.  She was recognized at UC Davis for service by receiving the Graduate Mentor Award from the Consortium for Women and Research; the Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award; and Chancellor’s Award for Diversity and Community. She was honored by being selected to the Cortland Jr/Sr High School “Wall of Fame” and the State University of New York, Cortland, “Academic Hall of Fame”.  She was President of the Middle East Studies Association of North American 2010-11.  The University of California, Davis awarded her the title of “Distinguished Professor” in 2012.

Valentine M. Moghadam


Valentine M. Moghadam is Professor of Sociology and Director of the International Affairs Program at Northeastern University, Boston, which she joined in January 2012. Previously she has been a professor of sociology and director of women’s studies at Purdue University and Illinois State University; a section chief at UNESCO in Paris, leading policy-oriented research on gender equality and development in the Social and Human Sciences Sector; and a senior researcher at the United Nations University’s WIDER Institute in Helsinki, Finland, where she coordinated the research program on women and development. Born in Tehran, Iran, Professor Moghadam received her higher education in Canada and the U.S.  Her current areas of research include globalization, transnational social movements and networks, economic citizenship, and gender and development in the Middle East and North Africa.

Among her many publications, Professor Moghadam is author of Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (first published 1993; second edition 2003; updated third edition expected in 2013); Women, Work and Economic Reform in the Middle East and North Africa (1998); Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (2005), which won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck award for best book on women and politics for 2005; and Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement (2009, updated second edition Fall 2012). She has edited seven books, most recently Making Globalization Work for Women: The Role of Social Rights and Trade Union Leadership (2011). With Professor Massoud Karshenas, she is co-editor of Social Policy in the Middle East: Economic, Political, and Gender Dynamics (2005).

Professor Moghadam lectures widely, is active in a number of professional associations and research networks, has formed and led research teams, and has been a consultant to international organizations on women, work, citizenship, and economic conditions in the Middle East.

Fatima Sadiqi


Fatima Sadiqi is a former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of a Harvard Fellowship. She is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies, author of, among other works,  Women, Gender, and Language in Morocco (Brill, 2003) and co-editor of Women Writing Africa. The Northern Region (The Feminist Press, 2009), Women in the Middle East and North Africa. Agents of Change, and Gender and Violence in the Middle East  (Routledge 2010 and 2011).  She founded the first Moroccan Centre for Studies and Research on Women in 1998 and the first graduate program on Gender Studies in 2000 at the university of Fez. In 2006, she founded Isis Centre for Women and development (with the aim of bridging the gap between the university and civil society) and in 2009 she was elected President of the National Union of Women’s Associations. In the same year, she co-founded the International Institute for Languages and Cultures (INLAC). Fatima Sadiqi was appointed by Kufi Anan as a member of the UN Council for Development Policy (E.C.O.S.S.O.C.), and was appointed by the king of Morocco as a member of the Administrative Board of the Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture (IRCAM). From 2007 to 2009, Fatima Sadiqi served as Director General of the Fes Festival of Sacred Music. She is writing a book on A Feminism of One’s Own: Women’s Empowerment in Morocco - Going Beyond Islam.

Lynn Welchman


Lynn Welchman is Professor of Law with particular reference to the Middle East and North Africa in the School of Law at SOAS. She joined the School of Law in 1997 and teaches Law and Society in MENA, Human Rights and Islamic Law, and the School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic. She has published widely on her research areas, including Muslim personal status law, women and the law and family law reform in MENA. Before and alongside her academic career, Welchman has had both a professional and a volunteer NGO human rights engagement, having worked primarily with Palestinian human rights NGOs in the West Bank, but also with international human rights organisations mostly in the MENA region. She is a member of the founding editorial board of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, the Board of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of INTERIGHTS, the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights.