Hadia Mubarak

Hadia Mubarak is a full-time doctoral student in Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Her research interests include the development of classical Quranic exegesis; Islamic family law; Islamic reform and gender issues in Islam. Mubarak previously worked as a Senior Researcher at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, a researcher at the Gallup Organization’s Center for Muslim Studies, the project and outreach coordinator for Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights and a researcher with American University’s Islam in the Age of Globalization project. In 2004, Mubarak was the first female to be elected as president of the Muslim Students Association National (MSA) since its establishment in 1963. Mubarak received her Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender from Georgetown University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and English from Florida State University. An On Faith panelist, Hadia’s publications include “Crossroads” (I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim, 2011) “Young and Muslim in Post 9/11 America” (The Brandywine Review of Faith & International Affairs Vol. 3, No. 2); “Breaking the Interpretive Monopoly: A Re-Examination of Verse 4:34” (Hawaa Vol. 2, Issue 3); The Politicization of Gender Reform: Islamists' discourse on repealing Article 340 of the Jordanian Penal Code (MA Thesis, Georgetown University, 2005); and “Blurring the Lines Between Faith and Culture” (America Now: Short Reading from Recent Periodicals. 5th ed.), among many others. 
The Alwaleed Scholarship has been of tremendous benefit to me by allowing me to focus on reaching my foreign language proficiencies in French and Turkish. Without the scholarship, I would not have been able to make progress in reaching my doctoral program requirements in the summer of 2010, during which we do not receive a stipend from the university. The scholarship allowed me to devote my summer towards gaining my language reading proficiency in French & Turkish, without needing to worry about finding a temporary job during that time. The Alwaleed Scholarship enabled me to make progress in my program. As a result, I am currently in the last phase of my doctoral program, as I have completed my coursework, comprehensive exams and foreign language proficiencies. As a mother of two young children, the opportunity to use my summer productively has been of tremendous value.