September 27, 2004

MUSLIM FEMINIST TO SPEAK ON “WOMEN AND ISLAM” AT WHITMAN

    WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- Muslim feminist and professor of history and international studies Hibba Abugideiri will discuss women and Islam when she visits the Whitman College campus Thursday, Oct. 7.

    Abugideiri, assistant professor of history, honors and international affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., will present “Women and Islam: So What About Equality?” at 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory, corner of Park and Boyer, Whitman College campus. Her lecture is free and open to the public.

    Abugideiri received her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and her Ph.D. from the history department. She is an expert in nineteenth-century Egypt and gender/women’s studies of the Middle East. Born in the Sudan, Abugideiri was raised in the United States and has traveled extensively in Arab North Africa and the Middle East, thanks to research fellowships she has received including Fulbright and Population Council grants.

    Before taking her current position at George Washington University, she taught at Lawrence and St. Lawrence universities. Her publications include entries in the upcoming “The (Oxford) Dictionary of Islam,” as well as “The Scientisation of Culture: Colonial Medicine’s Construction of Egyptian Womanhood, 1893-1929” in the April 2004 issue of “Gender and History.” She collaborated with editors Yvonne Y. Haddad and John L. Esposito, contributing the chapter “”Hagar: A Historical Model of ‘Gender Jihad’” in “Daughters of Abraham: Feminist Thought in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,” (University Press of Florida, 2001).

CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156

 Email: parishlj@whitman.edu