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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. Three major strands shape her research, one is to trouble wider theoretical and epistemological assumptions generally employed to interpret Islamic movements and practices around the world. Second, to bring women’s Islamic activism to the center of current scholarly debates on feminism, Islamic movements, modernity and postcoloniality. The third strand is to interrogate wider issues of power and gender relations in Middle Eastern societies and cultures. Her first book, The Terms of Empowerment: Islamic Women Activists in Egypt, (2003) questioned the applicability of empowerment as defined by western liberal discourses to Islamic women's activism. Her second book, An Islam of Her Own: Reconsidering Religion And Secularism In Women's Islamic Movements, (2011) challenges binary representations of women's subjectivities in Islamic movements as secular/ religious, liberal/non liberal, rational/irrational, by relating the interplay between the complex debates of modernity and postcoloniality to the particular historicity of Islam and secularism and the heterogeneous subjectivities which these produce. She is the co-editor of, Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium (Indiana University Press, 2013. In Press). Sherine Hafez is President of the Association for Middle East Anthropologists (AMEA) and is a member of the board of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS).
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.
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