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Major Positions

Professor of Women's Studies in Religion, Victor S. Thomas Chair, Harvard Divinity School.

Major Accomplishments

Dr. Leila Ahmed is the first professor of Women's Studies in Religion at the Harvard Divinity School and was appointed to the Victor S. Thomas chair there. Her current research and writing interests include Islam and gender in America, and issues of gender, race, and class in the Middle East in the late colonial era.
Ahmed has authored numerous publications, such as A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence (2011), From the Middle East to America, Women and Gender in Islam: The Historical Roots of a Modern Debate (2011), and A Border Passage: From Cairo to America- A Women's Journey (1999). She was previously a professor of Women's Studies and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she was also Director of the Women's Studies Program from and of Near Eastern Studies.

Last modified: 01/09/2019

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