Margot Badran

Senior Fellow; Woodrow Wilson Center Senior Scholar

Margot Badran is a historian and a specialist in women’s studies who focuses on the Middle East and Islamic world from the late 19th century to the 21st century. She is a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. She has held the Reza and Georgianna Khatib Visiting Chair in Comparative Religion at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn and was the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Religion Department at Northwestern University. Her concerns include feminism, gender, modernity, Islam, trans/nationalism, women’s networks, and constructions of the secular and the religious. She has taught and lectured before academic and public audiences in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Badran has received numerous awards including a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a grant from the United States Institute of Peace, several Fulbright fellowships including the Fulbright New Century Scholars award, and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Social Science Research Council of New York, the American Research Center in Egypt, the American Research Institute in Turkey, and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies. She is on the gender team of the Contending Modernities project at the Kroc Institute at Notre Dame University, on the team of the Alliance of Civilizations: Historical Approaches to a Gender Perspective at the University of Barcelona, and on the Advisory Board of the digital archive project, Women and Social Movements International, 1840-Present, at SUNY Binghamton. She is editor of the Brill series on Women and Gender in the Middle East and Islamic World. She has served, and continues to serve, on numerous editorial and advisory boards of publications, including more recently the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Hawwa, and Jura Gentium (University of Florence).

Her most recent book is Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Convergence (Oneworld 2009). She is editor of Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexuality, and Law (The Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2011). Other books include Feminism beyond East and West: New Gender Talk and Practice in Global Islam (Global Media Publications, New Delhi, 2007); Opening the Gates: An Anthology of Arab Feminist Writing (Indiana University Press, 2004) co-edited with miriam cooke; Feminists, Islam, and Nation: Gender and the Making of Modern Egypt (Princeton University Press, 1995); and trans. edit, and introducer, Harem Years: the Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist (Feminist Press, New York,, 1987). With Haleh Esfandiari she wrote the Introduction to Islamic Feminism and Beyond: The New Frontier, Occasional Paper Series, November 2010 and in the same publication authored “Feminist Activism for Change in Family Laws and Practices: Lessons from the Egyptian Past for the Global Present.” Recent articles include: “Circulations and Challenges of Islamic Feminism,” Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée, forthcoming, 2010. “Où en est le féminisme islamique?,” Critique internationale (Institute of Political Science of Paris), special issue on Le féminisme islamique edited by Stéphanie Latte Abdallah, Feb. 2010. She is guest editor of a special issue of Al Raida on “Seeking Equality and Justice in the Family,” winter 2011. She is presently completing a book on Islamic feminism.