Ayesha S. Chaudhry

  • Religion
  • Law
  • Social Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Islam
  • Islamic Law
  • Qur’an
  • religious feminisms
  • Classical Islam
  • reformist Islamic thought
  • domestic violence
  • gender studies
  • performative texts and scriptural reasoning

Book manuscripts:
The Colour of God: A Memoir  
A Feminist Shari’a: Re-imagining ‘A’isha, the Messenger of the Prophet of God 

Forthcoming Articles:

“Interrogating the “Shari’a” Excuse: Religious Reasoning, International law and the Struggle for Gender Equality in the Middle East” in The Evolving Roles of Women in the Arab World: Empowering Women After the Arab Spring (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, in press) 21-44

“Naming Violence: Qur’ān Interpretation between Social Justice and Cultural Relativism”, Sexual Violence and Sacred Texts, ed. Amy Kalmanofsky (New York: Feminist Studies in Religion, 2016, submitted)
“Understanding Islam through the Gender Debate”, Oxford Islamic Studies On-line, August 2017
“Making God’s House a Home? Gender-based Violence and Structural Inequalities”, co-authored with Rumee Ahmed, Carter Center (submitted)
“Living Islam Between Text and Practice: A Case Study of Domestic Violence”, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study Working Paper (April 2017)
“Women’s Hermeneutic Approaches to the Qur’ān”, The Routledge Companion to the Qur’an (New York: Routledge, 2017)
“Qur’anic Legal Studies: A Historiography”, Oxford Handbook on Islamic Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
“Domestic Violence in Tafsir”, Religion Compass (Wiley Blackwell, 2017)

Manuscript

Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law and the Muslim Discourse on Gender (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Selected Reviews:

Tom Wilson, “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition” in Reviews in Religion and Theology 23(3)(2016), 274-6.
Mona Siddiqui, “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition” in Scottish Journal of Theology 69 (3) (2016), 350-1. /8FEA127993B34C03208B9292F1AC25E5
Zahra Ali, “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law and the Muslim Discourse on Gender” in Feminist Review 112 (2016), e1-e3.
Esraa Osama, “Book Review: Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition” in Journal of International Women's Studies, 17 (1) (2016).
Karen Bauer, “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition” in Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 17 (2)(2015).  .
Zayn Kassam, “Book Review: Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition” in Review of Middle East Studies, 49(2) (2015). 188-190
Janan Izadi, “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition” in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 78 (2) (2015).
Farid Esack, “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition” in Journal for the American Academy of Religion, 83 (2) (2015).
Shehnaz Haqqani, “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition” in Feminist Legal Studies, (June 2015 on early view, DOI 10.1007/s10691-015-9276-6).
Hamid Mavani, “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition" in American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 32 (2)(2015).
Rebecca Alpert, “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition” in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 54 (1) (2015)
Muhammad Khan, “Book Review: Islamic View of Domestic Violence” in The Muslim News, March 28, 2014.
Anonymous, “Oh, how they lied” on A Sober Second Look, May 22, 2014. . (This blog is written by a prominent, well-established blogger. Her identity is hidden for security reasons.
Krista Riley, “Book Review: Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition” in Muslimah Media Watch, June 10, 2014.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

“Guardianship of Women in Islamic and Jewish Legal Texts”, Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning: Encountering our Legal Other. Ed. Anver M. Emon (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2016)(co-authored with Rachel Adler) 25-60

“Policing Women: Virginity Checkers and the Sotah Ordeal as Sites of Women’s Agency”, Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning: Encountering our Legal Other. Ed. Anver M. Emon (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2016) (co-authored with Shari Golberg) 113-154

“Lexical Definitions of Nushūz in Qur’anic Exegesis: A Comparative Analysis of Marital Discord in Q. 4:34 and Q. 4:128” in The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Tafsir Volume in the Qur’anic Studies Series (Oxford: Oxford University Press and Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2015) 385-419.

“Producing Gender Egalitarian Islamic Law: A Case-Study of Guardianship (Wilāya) in Prophetic Practice” in Men in Charge? Rethinking Male Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition, Eds. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Mulki Al-Sharmani and Jana Rumminger (London: Oneworld Press, 2015) 76-93.

“Domestic Violence and Idealized Cosmologies” in Qur’an in Conversation Ed. Michael Birkel (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014) 161-72.

“I wanted one thing and God wanted another…”: The Dilemma of the Prophetic Example and the Qur’anic Injunction On Wife-Beating” in Journal of Religious Ethics, 39(3) (2011) 416-39.

“The Ethics of Marital Discipline in Pre-Modern Qur’anic Exegesis” in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 30(2) (2010)123-30.

“Oncofertility as Divine Intervention in the Qur’ān” in Oncofertility: Reflections from the Humanities and Social Sciences. ed. T. K. Woodfuff, L. Zoloth, L. Campo-Engelstein and S Rodriguez (New York: Springer, 2010) 287-94.

“Women Reading Texts on Marriage” in Feminist Theology. Co-Authored with Rachel Muers and Randi Rashkover. 17(2) (January 2009) 191-209

“The Problems of Conscience and Hermeneutics: A Survey of Contemporary Approaches” inJournal for Comparative Islamic Studies, 2 (2) (2006) 157-170.

Encyclopedia Entries:

“Malala Yousufzai”, Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, Ed. Richard C. Martin. 2nd ed. Vol. 1 (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2016) 1264

“Women” (core entry), Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought. Edited by Gerhard Bowering, Associate Editors: Patricia Crone, Wadad Kadi, Devin J. Stewart, Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Assistant Editor: Mahan Mirza (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012) 595-99.

“Yemen” for Encyclopedia Britannica Book of the Year 2006, 07, 08.

Invited scholarly lectures:
15th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture, “Who gets to be a Prophet? Miracles, Privileges and the Discourse of Meritocracy”, Boise Centre for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College, April 2016
“The Colour of God: A Reading”, 2015-2016 Radcliffe Fellows Presentation Series, Harvard University, February 2016
Keynote Speaker, “(Im)Moral Scholarship: The Politics of Responsible Scholarship”, Graduate Research Conference in Ethnicity, Munk School of Global Affairs, January 2016
“Is Islam oppressive or liberating for women? unpacking the question”, Aga Khan Museum, December 2015
“Master’s Dinner with Ayesha S. Chaudhry”, Lowell House, Harvard University, October 2015
Keynote Panelist, “Scholars of Religion and the Media”, Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School, October 2015
“When Scriptures Hurt: Teaching Violent Sacred Texts”, University of British Columbia, October 2015
"Who Speaks for the Qur'an? Exploring the line between Exegesis and Eisegesis," George Mason University, May 2015
“Reading the Qur’an in an Egalitarian Age: Modern Muslim Values, Ancient Muslim Texts”, California State University Sacramento, April 2015
“Women in Jewish and Muslim Legal Traditions: A Collaboration with Drs. Rachel Adler and Ayesha Chaudhry”, Chicago Theological Seminary, April 2015 (forthcoming)
“Guardianship (Wilayah) in Prophetic Practice”, Public Seminar on Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition, Musawah; Faculty of Theology, Study of Religions Unit, University of Helsinki; Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL),
“Scriptures Do Not Speak for Themselves: Exploring the Polysemic Nature of the Qur’an”, California Lutheran University, February 2015
“Imagining A New Muslim Legal Theology: An Intellectual History of Domestic Violence in Islam”, Sisters in Islam NGO, Malaysia, December 2014
“Contemporary Muslims as Tradition-Makers”, University of Malaya, Gender Studies Series Seminar, December 2014
“The Great Muslim Gender Debate: Learning to Disagree Agreeably”, Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia, December 2014
“Islamic Feminism in the Context of Religious Feminism”, Pennsylvania State University, December 2014
“If You Love the Tradition, Let it Go: Domestic Violence and the Islamic Legal Tradition”, Universita degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, October 2014
“The Catch 22 for Muslim Feminists: Choosing between Authority and Equality”, The Carter Center, June 2014
“Seizing Authority: Modelling a Gender-Equal Islamic Hermeneutic”, Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, June 2014
“Imagining a Gender Equal Shari’a: Exploring the Influence of Qur’ān Interpretation on Islamic Law”, International Summer Program, Simon Fraser University, June 2014
“Creating a Legal Framework that Recognizes Marriage as a Partnership of Equals”, Workshop Participant with Musawah and Moroccan Rabita of Ulema, November 8-10, 2013
“Deriving Qur'anic Law: Are all Commands Legal Injunctions?”, Faculty Colloquium, University of British Columbia Law School, March 2013
"An Issue of Cosmological Proportions: Constructing Gender in Pre-modern and Modern Tafsīr", Islamic Studies Lecture Series at Georgetown University, March 2013
“W/resting Authority: The Muslim Debate on Gender Equality”, University of Puget Sound, February 2013
“Women in the Qur’ān: Competing Ideals of Femininity”, University of Lethbridge, April 2012
“Submissive Texts: The role of Optative Cosmologies in Interpretations of Islamic Source Texts”, Women’s and Gender Studies Lecture Series, March 2012
“Researching Gender, Race and Social Justice: Celebrating 20 years”, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, UBC, November 2011
"Difficult Verses and Religious Identity: Muslim women reading the Qur’an", Bard College, November 2010
“Jauss’ Reception theory and the Qur’an”, Cambridge University, June 2010
“Muslims in America: The Lower Manhattan Mosque Controversy and Beyond”, Colgate University, October 2010
“The Female Subject in Lalla Essaydi’s Art” at the exhibition of Lalla Essaydi Photographs:  L’Écriture Feminine / Le Corps Feminin at the Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University, April 2010
“A Few Modern Muslim Approaches to Difficult Scriptural Texts”, Women’s Studies lecture, Colgate University, October 2009
“Domestic Violence in Islam”, Brown University, October 2009
“The Divinely Ordered Social Hierarchy of Marriage”, International Institute of Islamic Thought, July 27 2009
“Poverty, Debt-Relief, Teaching and Learning”, Tutu Center for Reconciliation, Graduate Theological Seminary, NY, September 2007
“Hermeneutic Approaches to Domestic Violence in Islam”, New York University, March 2007
“Ibn Arabi and the Oneness of God.” Hofstra University, March 2006
“Women in the Qur’an”, Brown University, March 2006
Other:
“Constructing a Feminist Heroine for Islam: Challenges and Opportunities”, Approaches to Kalam: Framing an Islamic-theological Anthropology Conference, Universität Paderborn, March 2016

Expert Commentator, “Sexual and Gender Based Violence working session”, Religion and Sustainable Development: Building Partnerships to End Extreme Poverty, July 2015. (Co-hosted by the World Bank Group, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and GHR Foundation in collaboration with the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLIF&LC).) July, 2015

 “Representations of ISIS and the Public Understanding of Religion”, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University, April 2015
 “Gender Egalitarian Theology and Prophetic Practice: The Challenge of minimum marriage age” at Theorizing Gender and Islam Conference, Penn State University, University Park, December 2014
“Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition”, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 2014
“Naming Violence: Qur’ān Interpretation between Social Justice and Cultural Relativism”, Journal for Feminist Studies in Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, November 2014
Respondent, “Exegetical Twists and (Un)Ethical Turns: Genre and Interpretation in the Quran and Muslim Moral Literature”, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 2014
“How Objective are the Objectives (Maqāṣid)? Examining Evolving Notions of the Sharī‘a through the lens of Lineage (Nasl)” at “International Conference on Maqāṣid al-Sharīah: The Objectives of Sharia and Contemporary Challenges”, Universität Paderborn, October, 2014
“The Future of Religious Studies and the Public Understanding of Religion in a Global, Interconnected Age - Roundtable Discussion”, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University, May 2014. (co-panelists: Serene Jones - President of Union Theological Seminary, David Hempton - Dean of Harvard Divinity School, Erik Owens - Associate Director of Boisi Center for Religion & American Public Life at Boston College and Michael Kessler - Managing Director of the Berkely Center, http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/the-future-of-religious-studies-and-the-public-understanding-of-religion-in-a-global-age)
 “Criminalizing Domestic Violence in the U.A.E.: Analysis of Current State of Affairs and Recommendations”, International Conference on Gender and Human Rights in the Middle East at the Baker Institute, Rice University, Houston, April 2014. http://bakerinstitute.org/videos/gender-and-human-rights-middle-east-evolving-roles-women-arab-world-2/
 “Forging an Egalitarian Theology: Advocating for Minimum Age of Marriage in light of Muḥammad’s Marriage to ‘Ạ’isha”, Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, January 2014
“What does the Prophetic Model Offer Muslim Feminists? The Role of Prophetic Practice (sunna) in Formulating Gender-Equal Legal Reform”, Gender Issues in Muslim Communities, Religion and Society Research Center, University of Western Sydney, December 2013
 “Towards a Gender-Egalitarian Islamic Law: The Case Study of Guardianship”, American Academy of Religion, November 2013
“Scriptural Reasoning without the Scripture”, American Academy of Religion, November 2012
“Revering ‘Western’ and ‘Modern’ Subjectivities: Applying a Feminist Theology to Islamic Law”, Journal of Law and Religion Conference at Hamline University, School of Law, October 2012
“Teaching Islamic Law, Explaining the Shariah”, Pacific Northwest AAR, May 2012
“Age and Aging in the Abrahamic Traditions: The Faith of Children”, American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, November 2011

“How Theological Ethics are Theological: The Paradox of Deriving Muslim Ethics.” Societies for the Study of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Ethics, New Orleans, January 2011.

“Lexical Definitions of Husbandly and Wifely Nushūz in Qurʾānic Exegesis.” The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Tafsir, A Pre-Conference Workshop at the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, October 2010.

“The Ethics of Marital Discipline in Pre-Modern Qur’anic Exegesis.” Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, San Jose, January 2010.

“Theories and Methods in the Academic Study of Islam.” American Academy of Religion, Montreal, October 2009.

“Oncofertility as Divine Intervention.” Oncofertility Consortium Conference, Northwestern University, Chicago, July 2009.

Co-organizer and Panelist, ““…I wanted one thing and God wanted another…”: The Dilemma of the Prophetic Example and the Qur’anic Injunction On Wife-Beating” for panel: “The Disobedient Prophet: Tensions Between Qur’anic verses and Prophetic Practice.” American Academy of Religion, Chicago, November 2008.

Organizer and Panelist, “Hairy Legs and All: An Exploration of Ideal Womanhood and the Queen of Sheba of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” American Academy of Religion, Chicago, November 2008.

“Women Reading Texts on Marriage.” American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 2007.

“Contemporary Hermeneutical Approaches to Wife-Beating in the Qur’an .” Critical Islamic Reflections Conference at Yale University, New Haven, April 2007.

Co-Organizer and Panelist, “The Problems of Conscience and Hermeneutics: A Survey of Contemporary Approaches to Qur’an 4:34.” American Academy of Religion, D.C., November 2006.

•    Board of Directors, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, 2016-Present
•    Advisor, Islam, Social Justice, & Inter-religious Engagement (ISJIE) Program, Union Theological Seminary
•    Editorial Board Member, Journal for the American Academy of Religion (JAAR)
•    Advisor, UN Women, 2015-Present
•    Consultant, Canadian Council for Muslim Women, 2015-Present
•    Consultant, UNO-NYC, 2015-Present
•    Consultant, Federal Bureau of Investigations, 2015
•    Consultant, “Gender and Islam: Contemporary Debates in Muslim Contexts”, Institute for Ismaili Studies Summer Programme on Islam, 2015
•    Dean’s Advisory Committee for Hiring Associate Deans of Research, Academic and Faculty Equity, University of British Columbia, 2015
•    Faculty Advisor, Development Office, University of British Columbia, 2013-2015
•    Campus Safety Committee, University of British Columbia, 2014-15
•    Consultant, International Divorce Proceedings, District Court Austin, Texas, 2015
•    Consultant, Law Society of Upper Canada, 2014-15
•    Expert Witness, Asylum Case, Tahirih Justice Centre, 2014
•    Reviewer
-    Journal of International Qur’anic Studies Association
-    Journal of Law and Religion
-    Journal of Religious Ethics
-    Comparative Islamic Studies
-    Canadian Journal of Family Law
-    Comparative Islamic Studies
•    Steering Committee Member, The Carter Centre’s Mobilizing Faith for Women Scholars in Action conference
•    Member Scholar, Musawah: For Equality in the Muslim Family
•    Member, National Women’s Studies Association
•    Shura Council Member, Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), March 2012-present
•    Editorial Board Member, Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2012-present
•    American Academy of Religion
-    Journalism Award Judge, Chair of Judiciary Committee, 2016
-    Member, Committee for the Public Understanding of Religion, 2014-present
-    Steering committee memberQur’an Group, 2012-present
-    Steering committee member, Scriptural Reasoning Program, 2010-present
-    Steering committee member, Contextual Ethics Group, 2009-2012
•    Society for the Study of Christian Ethics
-    Member, 2012-Present
-    Steering committee member, 2011-2012
•    Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, Program committee member, 2014-Present
•    Scriptural Reasoning in the University, Cambridge University
-    Participant, 2011-present
-    Steering committee member, 2008-2011
•    Collaborator, Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning Workshop, 2011-Present
•    Editorial Board Member, Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, 2008-present
•    Advisory Board Member, A Thousand Cities Project, 2011-present
SSHRC Insight Development Grant, “Feminist Sharia”, 2016-19
Wall Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study, University of British Columbia, 2016-17
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University Fellowship, 2015-2016
Peter Wall Institute Research Mentorship Award, PWIAS, 2014-15
Early Career Scholar, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, 2013-14
Interviewed in “The Burkini Ban”, on A Sense of Place, Roundhouse Radio, August 25, 2016 (http://bit.ly/2bMKILB)
Interviewed in “Look Ahead 2016”, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, PBS, January 5, 2016 (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2015/12/30/january-1-2016-look-ahead-2016/28443/)
Interviewed for and quoted in “Why Do So Many Religions Fast? Jews, Jains, Mormons, Muslims—why skipping meals is so central to religious practice” in Slate Magazine, September 22, 2015 (http://www.slate.com/articles/life/faithbased/2015/09/yom_kippur_fast_why_do_so_many_religions_fast.html)
Award announcement, “Ziba Mir-Hosseini to Receive 2015 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion”, Religious News Service, (http://rsn.aarweb.org/columns/ziba-mir-hosseini-receive-2015-martin-e-marty-award-public-understanding-religion, June 2015)
OP-ED: “Don’t Politicize Women’s Bodies”, Globe and Mail, August 5, 2014. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/dont-politicize-womens-bodies/article19911349/ (shared over 1000 times as of August 26, 2014)
OP-ED: “Sitting with Farzana: Would she see what we see?”, Sightings at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School, June 12, 2014, http://divinity.uchicago.edu/sightings/sitting-farzana-would-she-see-what-we-see —-ayesha-chaudhry (5000 subscribers to Sightings)
“Open to Interpretation”, Trek Magazine, May 2014. http://trekmagazine.alumni.ubc.ca/2014/may-2014/in-short/open-to-interpretation/
Radio Interview on Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition, with Ira Nadel, UBC Arts on Air on CITR, May 21, 2014. http://playlist.citr.ca/podcasting/audio/20140521-180258-to-20140521-182903.mp3
Podcast Interview about Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition on New Books in Islamic Studies: Discussions with Scholars of Islam about their New Books (45 minute interview at, http://newbooksinislamicstudies.com/2014/03/29/ayesha-chaudhry-domestic-violence-and-the-islamic-tradition-oxford-university-press-2013/, March 29, 2014)
OP-ED: “Does the Koran allow wife-beating? Not if Muslims don't want it to”, Globe & Mail, March 27, 2014. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/its-muslims-who-give-voice-to-verse/article17684163/ (shared over 2,000 times as of April 2, 2014)
Television Interview, OMNI BC News, Book Feature: Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition, February 28, 2014. http://shar.es/Rns4w
Douglas Todd, “UBC Prof Launches Koranic Battle Against Violence Against Women”, Vancouver Sun, February 24, 2014. Based on Q&A by Ayesha S. Chaudhry, http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2014/02/24/ubc-prof-wages-koranic-battle-against-violence-against-women/ (shared 1184 times as of March 30, 2014)
Radio Interview, “The Shooting of 14-year old Malala Yousufzai”, Weekend Morning News with Jill Bennett, CKNW. October 14, 2012

Education

New York University
Ph.D., Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, 2009

University of Toronto
M.A., Collaborative in Department of Near Eastern Civilizations and Women’s Studies, 2003. Graduated with Excellent Academic Standing.

University of Toronto
B.A. Hon., Double Major in Political Science and Philosophy with a Minor in Arabic. Graduated with High Distinction.

 

Professional Associations, Consultancy and Management Experience:

•    Board of Directors, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, 2016-Present
•    Advisor, Islam, Social Justice, & Inter-religious Engagement (ISJIE) Program, Union Theological Seminary
•    Editorial Board Member, Journal for the American Academy of Religion (JAAR)
•    Advisor, UN Women, 2015-Present
•    Consultant, Canadian Council for Muslim Women, 2015-Present
•    Consultant, UNO-NYC, 2015-Present
•    Consultant, Federal Bureau of Investigations, 2015
•    Consultant, “Gender and Islam: Contemporary Debates in Muslim Contexts”, Institute for Ismaili Studies Summer Programme on Islam, 2015
•    Dean’s Advisory Committee for Hiring Associate Deans of Research, Academic and Faculty Equity, University of British Columbia, 2015
•    Faculty Advisor, Development Office, University of British Columbia, 2013-2015
•    Campus Safety Committee, University of British Columbia, 2014-15
•    Consultant, International Divorce Proceedings, District Court Austin, Texas, 2015
•    Consultant, Law Society of Upper Canada, 2014-15
•    Expert Witness, Asylum Case, Tahirih Justice Centre, 2014
•    Reviewer
–    Journal of International Qur’anic Studies Association
–    Journal of Law and Religion
–    Journal of Religious Ethics
–    Comparative Islamic Studies
–    Canadian Journal of Family Law
–    Comparative Islamic Studies
•    Steering Committee Member, The Carter Centre’s Mobilizing Faith for Women Scholars in Action conference
•    Member Scholar, Musawah: For Equality in the Muslim Family
•    Member, National Women’s Studies Association
•    Shura Council Member, Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), March 2012-present
•    Editorial Board Member, Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2012-present
•    American Academy of Religion
–    Journalism Award Judge, Chair of Judiciary Committee, 2016
–    Member, Committee for the Public Understanding of Religion, 2014-present
–    Steering committee memberQur’an Group, 2012-present
–    Steering committee member, Scriptural Reasoning Program, 2010-present
–    Steering committee member, Contextual Ethics Group, 2009-2012
•    Society for the Study of Christian Ethics
–    Member, 2012-Present
–    Steering committee member, 2011-2012
•    Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, Program committee member, 2014-Present
•    Scriptural Reasoning in the University, Cambridge University
–    Participant, 2011-present
–    Steering committee member, 2008-2011
•    Collaborator, Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning Workshop, 2011-Present
•    Editorial Board Member, Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, 2008-present
•    Advisory Board Member, A Thousand Cities Project, 2011-present

 

 

University of British Columbia:

•    Scriptures of the Near East (300 level)
•    Women and Religion (400 level)
•    Religious Feminisms (400 level and graduate)
•    Gender and Islamic Law (400 level, graduate and law school)
•    Interpreting the Qur’ān (400 level)
•    Global Feminisms (100 level)
•    Decolonizing and Feminist Perspectives from Local to Global (100 level)
•    Embodied Islam (300 level)
•    Interpreting the Qur’ān (400 level)
•    Discourse of Gender in Modern Islam (400 level)
•    History of Women in Early to Late Medieval Societies (300 level)

Colgate University:

•    Islam in the Modern World
•    Introduction to the Study of Religion
•    Experiencing Islam
•    Women in Religious Traditions
•    Introduction to the Middle East

Courses Currently Taught