Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
Women in Muslim majority societies and cultures; Islamic Movements; Women’s Islamic Activism; Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Societies and Cultures; Gender, Religion and Secularism in the Middle East.
- Ph.D., Anthropology, UC Davis, 2007
- M.A., Anthropology, American University in Cairo, 2001
Professor Hafez’s interests center on women studies in Middle Eastern and Muslim majority cultures. Specifically, her ethnographic research investigates women's Islamic activism in Egypt and is strongly interdisciplinary in its approach. She is the author of, The Terms of Empowerment: Islamic Women Activists in Egypt, (American University Press, 2003) which questioned the applicability of notions of empowerment as defined by western liberal discourse to Islamic women's activism. Hafez’s most recent book, An Islam of Her Own: Reconsidering Religion And Secularism In Women's Islamic Movements (New York University Press, 2011), challenges binary representations of women's subjectivities in Islamic movements by relating the interplay between the complex debates of modernity and postcoloniality to the particular historicity of Islam and secularism. Hafez is co-editor of, Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium, (Indiana University Press, 2013). Her articles have appeared in American Ethnologist; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Feminist Review; Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies and Journal of North African Studies. Hafez lectures on topics related to gender, Islamic movements, women’s Islamic activism and the uprisings in the Arab World.
BOOKS AND EDITED VOLUMES
Co-Editor, Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium . Indiana University Press, 2013.
An Islam of Her Own: Reconsidering Religion and Secularism in Women's Islamic Movements. New York University Press, 2011. Also published as a Middle East Version:The American University In Cairo Press, 2011.
The Terms of Empowerment: Islamic Women Activists in Egypt. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press. 2003.
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
"Bodies that Protest: The Girl in the Blue Bra, Sexuality and State Violence in Revolutionary Egypt." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Forthcoming: Vol. 40:1, Autumn, 2014.
"Social Reform and Women's Islamic Educational Reform: A Multifaceted Approach." The International Handbook of Islamic Education. Editor: Daun, Holger. Springer. Dordtrecht. In press.
“The Revolution Shall Not Pass Through Women’s Bodies: Egypt, Uprising and Gender Politics.” The Journal of North African Studies. Vol. 19:2, 2014, pp. 172-185.
"Gender and Citizenship Center Stage: Sondra Hale's Legacy and Egypt's Ongoing Revolution" Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. Vol. 10:1, 2013.
“Women, Gender, Islam and Feminism.” Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures. Editors: Suad Joseph. Brill Online. Leiden. Vol. 7:5p, 2014.
"Will the Rational Religious Subject Please Stand Up? Muslim Subjects and the Epistemology of Rationality" In, The Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium. Indiana University Press, 2013.
Co-Author, “Introducing the State of the Art: Anthropology, Ethnography, and the Middle East,” Introduction, The Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium Indiana University Press, 2013.
“No Longer a Bargain: Women, masculinity and the Egyptian Uprising,” American Ethnologist, pp. 32-37, vol. 39, #1, Feb. 2012. Trans. "¿Dónde quedó el pacto? Mujeres, masculinidad y el levantamiento egipcio?" Debate Feminista. Vol. 46: 23, 2012.
“Women Developing Women: Islamic Approaches For Poverty Alleviation in Rural Egypt,” Feminist Review. Pp. 56-73,97, 2011.