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Mulki Al-Sharmani, Associate Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Faculty of Arts, January 2020-

Lecturer of Islamic Theology, September 2018-December 2019, Faculty of Theology

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Curriculum vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE

Mulki Mohamed Al-Sharmani

 

Personal Information:

Date of Birth: May 9, 1965

Place of Birth: Mogadishu, Somalia

Country of Citizenship: U.S.A

 

Mailing Address: Discipline of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 59, 38 E Unioninkatu, 00014 University of Helsinki,                                Helsinki, Finland

Email address: mulki.al-sharmani@helsinki.fi

                        mulki@musawah.org

                       mulki@aucgypt.edu

 

                                  

 

Education

 

2005                Ph.D. Department of Anthropology, the Johns Hopkins                                                          University, Baltimore, MD, USA

 

1998                                    MA, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, the American

University in Cairo, Egypt

 

1992                                    RSA Certificate for Overseas Teachers of English

                                            Royal Society of Arts and University of Cambridge (UK)

 

1991                MA, Department of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, the                                                         American University in Cairo, Egypt

 

1987                BA (Honors), Department of English Literature, Ain-Shams University, Cairo, Egypt  

 

 

Professional Experience 

 

January 2020-                       Associate Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern   

                                              Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki

 

Sept 2018-December 2019   Lecturer of Islamic Theology, Faculty of Theology,     

                                              University of Helsinki

 

November 2015-                   Docent (Islamic Studies), Faculty of Theology

                                              University of Helsinki

 

2013-2018                             Academy of Finland Research Fellow

                                              Faculty of Theology, Study of Religion Unit, University  

                                              of Helsinki Project title: ‘Islamic Feminism: Tradition,

                                              Authority, and Hermeneutics.’

  

2013-2018                             Academy of Finland research fellow (Lead Researcher),  

                                              Academy of Finland Research Project:

                                             ‘Transnational Muslim Marriages in Finland: Wellbeing 

                                              Law and Gender’ directed by Marja Tiilikainen

 

2011-2013                            Affiliate Researcher, Part-time teaching faculty, Study of            

                                              Religion, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

 

 

2010-2011                            Research Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki

 

2011-present                         Member, Knowledge Building Working Group, Musawah, a Knowledge Building GlobalMovement for Justice and Equality in the Muslim Family

 

2011-2013                              Research Coordinator, the Global Life Stories Project: Building New Knowledge on the Juristic Concepts of Qiwamah and Wilayah inIslamic Interpretive Tradition, Musawah, a Knowledge Building GlobalMovement for Justice and Equality in the Muslim Family

 

     

2005-2010                               Assistant Professor, Social Research Center, the American University in Cairo

 

Spring 2010                             Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of        

                                                 Anthropology, American University in Cairo

 

2007-2010                               Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Gender and       

                                                Women Studies, the American University in Cairo

 

2005- 2010                              Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies Program, the American University in Cairo

 

January-May 2005                  Researcher, Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, Neuchậtel University, Neuchậtel, Switzerland

 

Spring 2004                            Instructor, Department of Anthropology, the American University in Cairo

          

2002-2003                               Researcher, the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program, the American University in Cairo, Egypt

 

2000-2001                               Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA 

 

2002-2004                               English Language Teacher, Center for Adult and Continuing Education, the American University in Cairo

 

1987-1999                               English Language Teacher, Center for Adult and

                                                Continuing Education, the American University in Cairo

 

1997-1999                               Teacher Trainer, Center for Adult and Continuing Education, the American University in Cairo

 

1995                                        Teacher Trainer, the American University in Cairo and the Fulbright Training Program for Government School Teachers in Egypt

 

1993-1994                               African Student Advisor, Office of African Studies, the American University in Cairo

 

1991-1994                                                Administrative Assistant, Office of African Studies, The

                                                                  American University in Cairo

 

1987-1991                               English Language Teacher, Port-Said Junior and High School, Cairo

 

1992                                        Volunteer English Language Teacher, The Language Program for African Refugees, Saint Andrews’s Church, Cairo

 

Publications

 

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

 

“Marriage in Islamic Interpretive Tradition: Revisiting the Legal and the Ethical.” In: Journal of Islamic Ethics, 1, 1-2, 2018: 76-96

 

“Between ‘Official’ and ‘Unofficial’: Discourses and Practices of Muslim Marriage Conclusion in Finland.” (co-authored with Sanna Mustasaari) In: Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, August 2018,   https://academic.oup.com/ojlr/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ojlr/rwy029/5067187?redirectedFrom=fulltext

 

 

“Divorce among Transnational Finnish Somalis: Gender, Religion, and Agency.” In: Religion and Gender, 7, 1, 2017: 70-87

 

“Transnational Migrant Families: Navigating Marriage, Generation and Gender in Multiple Spheres,” special journal issue co-edited with Marja Tiilikainen and Sanna Mustasaari, in: Migration Letters, 14, 1, 2017 (editorial, p.1-10)

 

“Marriage and Transnational Family Life among Somali Migrants in Finland.” In: Migration Letters, 14, 1, 2017: 38-49 (co-authored with Abdirashid Ismail)

 

“Contemporary Egyptian Islamic Feminism: Possibilities and Challenges” In: Afriche Orienti, anno XVIII, numero 1/2016:  58-77

“The Politics and Ethics of Marriage and Family Life among Transnational Somali Diasporas “In: Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies, 16, 2016: 36-48

“Striving against the ‘Nafs’: Revisiting Somali Muslim Spousal Roles and Rights in Finland.” In: Journal of Religion in Europe, 8, 2015: 101-120

 “Islamic Feminism: Transnational and National Reflections.” In: Approaching Religion, 4, 2, 2014:83-94

 

“Legal Reform, Women's Empowerment, and Social Change: The Case of Egypt” In:  IDS Bulletin, 41, No. 2, 2010: 10-17

 

“Transnational Family Networks in the Somali Diaspora in Egypt: Women’s Roles and Differentiated Experiences.” In: Gender, Culture, and Place, 17, 4, 2010: 499-518

 

 “Egyptian Family Courts: Pathway to Women’s Empowerment?’ In:  Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World, 7, 2009: 89-119

 

“Living Transnationally: Diasporic Somali Women in Cairo,” In: Journal ofInternational Migration, 44, 1, 2006: 1-23

 

Invited Journal Articles

 

“Navigating Refugee Life.”  In: UN Chronicle, Vol. 67, 1, 2010: 48-51  

 

Books 

 

Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law, and Gender. Co-editor with (Marja Tiilikainen and Sanna Mustasaari).   Oxfordshire, U.K.: Routledge, 2019

 

Gender Justice and Legal Reform in Egypt: Negotiating Muslim Family Law. Cairo, Egypt: the American University in Cairo Press, 2017

 

Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition. Co-editor (with Ziba Mir-Hosseini and Jana Rumminger). Oxford, UK: Oneworld, 2015

 

Feminist Activism: Women’s Rights and Legal Reform.  Editor.  New York and UK: Zed books, 2013

 

Child Protection Policies in Egypt: A Rights-based Approach.  Cairo Papers in Social Science, Vol. 30, No. 1 (co-authored with Azer, Adel, Mehanna, Sohair, and Ali, Essam). Cairo, Egypt:  The American University in Cairo Press, 2010

 

Book Chapters

“Governing Divorce Practices of Finnish Somali Muslims: Does Religious Literacy Matter” (co-authored with Sanna Mustasaari),” in: The Challenges of Religious Literacy-The Case of Finland, edited by Tuula Sakaranaho et al . New York, NY:  Springer, 2020. Pp. 55-66   

 

“Introduction: Wellbeing, Family Life, and Transnational Muslims in the West.” (co-authored with Marja Tiilikainen and Sanna Mustasaari) in: Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law, and Gender, edited by Marja Tiilikainen, Mulki Al-Sharmani, and Sanna Mustasaari. Oxfordshire, U.K.: Routledge, 2019.  Pp. 59-77.

 

“A Mosque Programme for the Wellbeing of Muslim Families,” in: Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law, and Gender, edited by Marja Tiilikainen, Mulki Al-Sharmani, and Sanna Mustasaari. Oxfordshire, U.K.: Routledge, 2019.  Pp. 59-77.

 

Uskonnollinen perheriitojen sovittelu suomalaisissa moskeijoissa: Kehittyviä rooleja ja muovautuvia käytäntöjä). Teoksessa: Johanna Hiitola, Merja Anis ja Kati Turtiainen (toim.) Maahanmuutto, palvelut ja hyvinvointi. Kohtaamisissa kehittyviä käytäntöjä. [Migration, services and well-being. Evolving practices in encounters], 2018.  Vastapaino: Tampere, 53-75

 

Note: This is a Finnish translation and somewhat modified version of the book chapter below. 

 

“Faith-based Family Dispute Resolution in Finnish Mosques: Unfolding Roles and Evolving Practices,” (co-authored as the first author with Sanna Mustasaari and Abdirashid Ismail), in: Bano, Samia (ed.).  Gender and Justice in Family Law Disputes: Women, Mediation, and Religious Arbitration.  Waltham, MA: Brandeis University, 2017.Pp. 270-291  

 

“Marginal Actors? Diaspora Somalis Negotiate Their Citizenship,” (co-authored as the first author with Cindy Horst), in: Ahponen, Pirkkaliisa, Harinen, Paivi, and Havarinen, Ville-Samuli (eds.).  Dislocations of Civic Cultural Borders: Methodological Nationalism, Transnational Reality, and Cosmopolitan Dreams, Springer, 2016. pp. 107-122

 “Introduction.” (co-written with Ziba Mir-Hosseini and Jana Rumminger) In: Mir-Hosseini, Ziba, Al-Sharmani, Mulki, and Rumminger, Jana (eds.).  Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition.  Oxford, UK: OneWorld, 2015.  Pp. 1-12

“Understanding Qiwamah and Wilayah through Life Stories” (co-written with Jana Rumminger). In: Mir-Hosseini, Ziba, Al-Sharmani, Mulki, and Rumminger, Jana (eds.).  Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition.  Oxford, UK: OneWorld, 2015.  Pp. 219-255

“Legal Reform, Women’s Empowerment, and Social Change: The Case of Egypt.” In: Cornwall, A.   Edwards, J. (eds.).  Feminisms, Empowerment and Development: Changing Women's Lives, London, Zed Books, 2014. Pp. 32-48

 

“Narratives of Egyptian Marriages.”  In:  Pereira, C. (ed.) Changing Narratives of Sexuality, London, Zed Books, 2014. Pp. 193-217

 

‘Refugee Migration in Egypt: Transit or Settlement?’ In: Duvell, Franck, Molodikova, Irina, and Collyer, Michael (eds.).  Transit Migration in Europe.  Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014.  Pp. 55-78

 

“Reflections on Islamic Feminist Readings of Jurisprudence and its Relevance for the Egyptian Context. “  In: Abou-Bakr, (ed.). Islamic and Feminist Perspectives: New Horizons of Knowledge and Reform, Cairo: Egypt: Women and Memory Forum, in cooperation with the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) and the Danish Center for Research on Women and Gender (KVINFO), 2013. Pp. 136-149.

 

“Reforming Egyptian Family Laws: The Debate about a New Substantive Code.” In:

Al-Sharmani, Mulki. (ed.).  Feminist Activism: Women’s Rights and Legal Reform.  Editor.  New York and UK: Zed books, 2013. Pp. 73-100

 “Qiwāma in Egyptian Family Laws: Wifely Obedience between Legal Texts, Court Room Practices, and Realities of Marriages.” In: Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Kari Vogt, Lena Larsen and Christian Moe (eds.). Gender and Equality in Muslim Family Law: Justice and Ethics in the Islamic Legal Tradition. London: I. B. Tauris, 2013.  Pp. 37-56

“Egyptian Khul: Legal Reform, Courtroom Practices, and Realities of Women.” In: Rubya Mehdi, Werner Menski, and Jørgen S. Nielsen (eds.).  Interpreting Divorce Laws in Islam.  Copenhagen, Denmark: DJǾF Publishing, 2012. Pp. 85-105

 

“African Refugees: Ambivalent Status and Diasporic Struggles in Cairo” (co-written with Katarzyna Grabska), in:  Singerman, Diane (ed.).  Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity. The American University in Cairo Press, 2009. pp. 455-488.

 

“Reconstructing the Nation in Diaspora: The Poetics and Practices of Soomaalinimo.” In: Kusow, Abdi M. and Bjork, Stephanie R. (eds). From Mogadishu to Dixon: The Somali Diaspora in a Global Context. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press/The Red Sea Press, 2007.  Pp. 71-96

 

Encyclopedia Entry

 

“Women and Modern Diaspor2as in Egypt,” in:  Encyclopedia for Women in Islamic Cultures, On- line, Editor, Suad Joseph, 2012

 

 

Peer-reviewed Working Papers

 

“Islamic Feminism and Reforming Muslim Family Laws,” European University Institute Working Paper RSCAS 2011/29, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Mediterranean Programme, 2011: 1-24

 

“The Livelihood and the Identity Constructions of Somali Refugees in Cairo,” Working Paper Series 2, the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program, the American University in Cairo, 2003

 

Book Reviews

 

Women are the Future of Islam: A Memoir of Hope, by Sherin Khankan. London: Rider 2018, in: Teologinen Aikakuskirja, 2, 2019: 171-172

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On-line Publication

 

“Islam and Feminism: A Response to Hania Sholkamy.” In: Contestations: Dialogues on Women’s empowerment, Issue 1, 2009.  http://www.contestations.net/issues/issue-1/issue-1-response-4/

 

“Contemporary Migration and Transnational Families: The Case of Somali Diaspora,” Center for Migration and Refugee Studies Program (AUC) on-line conference proceedings entitled Migration and Refugee Movements in Middle East and North Eastern Africa, 2008. 

 

“Egypt’s Family Courts: Route to Empowerment?”  In: Open Democracy, September 7, 2007 (http://www.opendemocracy.net/tracback/34517

 

“Transnational Somali Families” In: Refuge, 24, 1, Winter, 2007: 88-100

 

 

Articles in General Public Newspapers

 

“Sharia-laki ymmärretään usein väärin – Vastakkainasettelu islamin normien ja Suomen lain välillä perustuu yksinkertaistuksiin” In Helsingen Sanomat, June 15, 2018 (co-authored with Sanna Mustasaari)

 

“A Call for a Rational and Quiet Debate about Khul.” In: Al Shorouk (A Daily Egyptian Newspaper), April 7, 2012.  (Arabic Publication)

 

Khul and a Man’s Right in Unilateral Repudiation.” In: Al Shorouk, March 8, 2010.  (Arabic Publication)

 

 

Research Fellowships/Grants

2013-2018                               Academy of Finland Research Fellowship

 

2011                                         Workshop Grant, Finnish Learned Societies (€2500)

 

2010-2011                               Research Fellowship, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki

 

2002-2003                               Research Grant, the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program, the American University in Cairo

 

1999-2004                               Graduate Student Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A         

 

May 2000                                Research Grant, Institute for Global Studies in Culture, History, and Power, the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A

 

Research Projects

 

Principal Investigator/Academy Research Fellow: ‘Islamic Feminism: Tradition, Authority, and Hermeneutics,’ Academy of Finland Research Project, 2013-2018, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology

 

Lead Researcher of the Study ‘Transnational Somali Finnish Families in Finland: Discourses and Lived Realities of Marriage,’ part of the Academy of Finland Project ‘Transnational Muslim Marriages in Finland: Wellbeing, Law, and Gender,’ 2013-2017, Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Principle Investigator: Marja Tiilikainen

 

Principal Investigator:  Reforming Egyptian Personal Status Laws: Processes, Debates, and Implementation, January 2007-March 2011, Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Research Consortium Project (http://www.pathwaysofempowerment.org), Social Research Center, the American University in Cairo

 

Co-principal Investigator, Combating Violence against Egyptian Women: A Study of Empowerment and Domestic Violence, 2008, Social Research Center, the American University in Cairo

 

 

Co-principal Investigator:  A Rights-Based Approach to Child Protection Policies in Egypt, February 2007, Social Research Center, the American University in Cairo

 

Co-principal Investigator: Participatory research on violence against street children in Egypt, 2005, Social Research Center, the American University in Cairo

 

Awards

 

Best International Teacher Award, University of Helsinki, 2019

 

Stora Priset award to researchers for outstanding merits, Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse Foundation, 2020

 

Teaching Experience in Social Sciences

 

Taught undergraduate and graduate (master’s level) courses.  Selected subject matters of courses taught include: gender in Islamic legal thought; feminist engagements with sacred texts and interpretive tradition in Islam, Islamic feminism, Muslim family laws; gender activism and legal reform in the Middle East; transnational migration and gender; women in modern Diaspora(s), Somali Diaspora (s), qualitative research methodologies; third world feminism.    

 

Supervised MA theses; and served as a reader and examiner on MA thesis committees as well as an examiner on comprehensive exams committees for MA degree at the American University in Cairo  

 

Examination of Theses:

 

Served as the external examiner on the examining committee for the defense of doctorate thesis ´Maybe I am Still His Wife: Transnational Divorce in Dutch-Moroccan and Dutch-Egyptian Families, by Iris Sportel, Institute for Sociology of Law, Center for Migration Law, and the Institute for Gender Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, February 18, 2014

 

Served as the external examiner on the examining committee for the defense of the doctorate thesis ‘Religious Diversity  in the Migratory Context of Andalusia: Identity, Social Boundaries and “Lived” Religion,’ by Rita Aleksandra Sobczyk, Department of Sociology, University of Granada, Spain, October 9, 2015 

 

Served as the examiner of the MA thesis ‘The Concept of Jihad in Academic Discussion and Muslim Scholarship,’ by Waqar Shah, University of Helsinki, October 8, 2018

 

 

Conference Papers and Workshops

 

Hermeneutics, Islamic Feminist Tafsir, and Qur’anic Ethics, paper co-presented (with Omaima Abou-Bakr), Research Conference on Theology and Religion, University of Helsinki, September 10, 2020

 

Islamic Interpretive Tradition, Canonization, and Gender, panel co-organized with Nevin Reda, Research Conference on Theology and Religion, University of Helsinki, September 10, 2020

 

Learning from New Religion and Spirituality, panel presented on the Academy of Finland project led by Terhi Utriainen, Research Conference on Theology and Religion, University of Helsinki, September 11, 2020.  Discussant.

 

Islamic Feminism: Knowledge Building, Movement Building: A Roundtable with Musawah, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, December 9, 2019

 

Ethically-oriented Hermeneutics of the Qur’an: The Case of Marriage, presented at the workshop Ethics and Jurisprudence of Muslim Marriages, University of Toronto, Institute of Islamic Studies, December 7, 2019 (co-organized by Musawah, and Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto)

 

 

Muslim Marriage and Divorce Practices in Finland: Law, Ethics, and Gender, presented at the workshop Islamic Law and National Laws Shaping the Wellbeing of Female (Immigrant) Muslims in Europe, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, November 15, 2019

 

Islamic Feminism as Knowledge Building Project: Possibilities and Challenges, key note presented at the workshop Islamic Feminism and Arab Family Law Reform, New York, November 12, 2019, organized by the Lebanese American Univeristy

 

Islamic Family Law as a Contested Site for Religious Reform: Egypt and Finland as Case Studies, presented at Islamic Family Law in Europe and the Islamic World, a symposium organized by University of Tubingen and Oxford University, Hannover Germany, September 25-27, 2019

 

Contemporary Egyptian Islamic Feminism: Possibilities and Challenges since 2011 Revolution, presented at Nordic Conference for Middle Eastern Studies, Helsinki, Finland, August 16, 2019

 

Quranic Ethics of Marriage,paper (co-presented with Omaima Abou-Bakr and Asma Lamrabet) at the workshop Building Egalitarian Ethics and Jurisprudence of Muslim Marriages, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 23-26, 2019

 

Islamic Family Law and Reforming Muslim Marriages: Reflections from Finland and Egypt, presented at the Symposium ‘Islam, Family, and Marriage,’  University of Stockholm, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions, and Gender Studies, April 25, 2019

 

 

On Non-Violent Islamism, a Seminar with Prof. Elham Manea, organized by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, April 8, 2019, Helsinki, Discussant

Rights, Ethics, and Gender Justice: Reflecting on Anthropology of Islam across National Borders, a keynote lecture presented at the workshop ‘Different Worlds? Ethnography, Religion, and Travelling Critique Between Europe and the MENA, March 15, 2019, Cairo, Egypt, at the Dutch-Flemish Institute in Cairo

 

Religious Texts and Feminist Hermeneutics, two-part lecture presented at the workshop ‘Gender Studies,’ co-organized by Women and Memory Forum and the American University in Cairo, Cairo, 28 February, 2019

New Discourse on Somali Muslim Marriages in Finland: Revisiting Religion, Ethics, and Law, presented at the seminar ‘Transnational Muslim Marriages: Wellbeing, Law, and Gender, University of Helsinki, September 7, 2018

 

Good Muslim Marriages and ‘Positive Integration’: What is in a Name? presented at the Conference ‘Reformulating Matrimony and Post-Matrimony in Islamic Law: New Questions and Responses among Muslims in Europe, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, June 26, 2018

 

 

Anthropology of Islam and Migration Studies, presented at the Conference ‘Migration as a Global Challenge: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Complex Field,’ University of Gottingen, Germany, June 21, 2018

 

 

Reforming Islamic Family Law in Egypt: Navigating Governance and Citizenship, presented at IX International Conference of the International Society for Islamic Legal Studies, June 6, 2018, University of Helsinki, Finland,

 

Companionate Marriages and ‘Positive Integration’: A Mosque Discourse on Islamic Marriages in Finland, presented at the Conference ‘Europe’s New Migrants: Marriage Practices and Policies,’ April 16-17, 2018, University of Birmingham, UK

 

The Emergence of Hadith as Authority of Knowledge, international conference organized by the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies, January 11-13, 2018, Cairo, Egypt.  Attendee

 

Reading Historical and Religious Texts from a Feminist Perspective, a workshop organized by the American University in Cairo and Women and Memory Forum, 10-11 January, 2018 Cairo, Egypt.  Attendee

 

The American Association for the Study of Religion Annual Conference, Boston, MA, November 17-21, 2017. Attendee

 

‘Qiwamah and Wilayah in Islamic Legal Tradition and Women’s Lived Realities,’ paper presented at Gender Equality in the Middle East: Possibilities and Challenges,’ Development Talks Meeting, organized by SIDA and UNWoman, Stockholm, October 26, 2017

 

“Navigating Family Life: Norms, Laws, and Actors: Key Messages from Academy Research Project,” presented at the seminar ‘Transnational Family Life, Wellbeing and Everyday Security Experiences of Somalis,’ with the Finnish Somali Community, University of Helsinki, October 9, 2017

 

“Marriage, Divorce, and Parenting in Transnational Space: Key Messages from Academy Research Project,” presented at the seminar ‘Transnational Family Life, Wellbeing and Everyday Security Experiences of Somalis,’ with the Finnish Somali Community, University of Helsinki, October 9, 2017

 

‘Religion and Divorce,’ a panel at the conference Transnational Families and Divorce, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, September 27, 2019, Discussant

 

“Mosque Activism and the Pursuit of ‘Positive Integration’ among Finnish Somalis,” paper presented at Afroeuropeans Conference 2017: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe, July 6, 2017, Tampere, Finland

 

Between ‘Official’ and ‘Unofficial’: Discourses and Practices of Muslim Marriages Conclusion in Finland,” co-presented with Sanna Mustasaari at the Conference   Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK, April 24, 2017

 

“Hermeneutics, Islamic Feminist Tafsir, and Quranic Ethics,” co-presented with Omaima Abou-Bakr, at the workshop Islamic Interpretive Tradition and Gender Justice: Processes of Canonization, Subversion, and Change, University of Helsinki, April 25, 2017,

 

“Hermeneutics, Islamic Feminist Tafsir, and Quranic Ethics,” co-presented with Omaima Abou-Bakr, at the Workshop Social Justice and Contemporary Islamic Ethics, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany, March 17, 2017

 

‘'A Case Study of a Mosque Programme for the Wellbeing of Muslim Families in Finland,' presented at the workshop 'Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law, and Gender,' CIMEL, SOAS, London, November 30,

 

‘Somali Muslim Identity and Islamic Family Law in Finland, presented at the workshop 'Legal Pluralism in Personal Status Law: Comparative and Historical Perspectives,' at Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universitat, Gottingen, Germany, October 29, 2016

 

'Lived Religion and Diasporic Somali Muslims in Finland and Canada: Methodological Reflections,' co-presented (with Marja Tiilikainen) at EASR 2016: Relocating Religion, July 1, 2016, University of Helsinki

 

'Revisiting Religious Tradition and Islamic Feminism: A Case Study from Egypt,' presented at EASR 2016: Relocating Religion, June 29, 2016, University of Helsinki

 

‘Revisiting Law: Marriage Practices and Norms among Somali Muslim Immigrants in Finland,’ presented at the International Conference ‘Legal Pluralism and Human Rights within Family Disputes in Europe,’ University of Gent, October 26, 2015

 

‘Somali Muslim Marriages and Wellbeing: A Case Study of a Mosque-based Program in Helsinki,’ presented at 12 International Conference  of ETMU Days, Rovaniemi, Finland, October 22, 2015

 

 ‘Hermeneutics, Islamic Feminist Tafsir, and Quranic Ethics,’ co-presented with Omaima Abou-Bakr (Cairo University), at XXI  IAHR World Congress 2015, Erfurt, Germany, 27 August, 2015

 

‘Reforming Selves, Marriages, and Families: The Ethics and Politics of Diasporic Somali   Lives,’  Keynote speech presented at 12th SSIA Congress, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 21 August, 2015

 

‘Reflections on Marriage in Islamic Interpretive Tradition, Modern Family Laws, and Religious Discourses: Revisiting the ‘Ethical’ and the ‘Legal,’ presented at ‘Islam and Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas,’ conference organized  by  Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, Brussels, Belgium, March 15, 2015.

 

‘Lived Realities of Qiwamah and Wilayah,’ presented at the seminar ‘Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition,’ March 7, 2015 at SOAS, University of London, organized by  Academy of Finland Project ‘Islamic Feminism: Tradition, Authority, and Hermeneutics,’  Center of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, SOAS, University of London, and Musawah, A Global Movement for Knowledge Building

 

‘Gender, Ethics, and Knowledge in Islamic Interpretive Tradition,’ presented at Religion, Gender, and Migration: Religious Studies Day, February 20, 2015 at  University of Helsinki, organized by Finnish Society of Study of Religion, and Academy of Finland Projects’ Islamic Feminism: Tradition, Authority, and Hermeneutic,’ ‘Transnational Muslim Marriages: Wellbeing, Law, and Gender,’  and ‘Islam and Security Revisited: Transnational Somali Families in Finland, Canada, and Somalia

 

‘Egyptian Islamic Feminism and the New Politics of Social Transformation,’ presented at MESA 48th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 25 November, 2014

 

‘Striving against the ‘Nafs’: The ‘Ethical’ and the ‘Legal’ in Spousal Roles and Rights among Somali Muslims in Finland,’ presented at 11th International ETMU Days Conference: In/Equalities in Diverse Societies.  Identifying Problems, Remedies, Alternatives, October 23, 2014

 

‘The Veil in Islam: Conversation with Renata Pepicelli,’ Discussant, 11th International ETMU Days Conference: In/Equalities in Diverse Societies.  Identifying Problems, Remedies, Alternatives, October 24, 2014

 

‘Religion, Islamic Family Law, and Marriage among Transnational Somalis in Finland,’ presented at Crisis, Mobility, and New Forms of Migration Conference, University of College in Cork, September 2, 2014, Cork, Ireland

 

‘Marriage among Transnational Somali Families in Finland,’ co-presented with Abdirashid Ismail at 17th Nordic Migration Research Conference, University of Copenhagen, August 13-15, 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

‘Gender Rights and Mediation in Muslim Family Disputes:  Reflections on Contexts, Goals, and Actors in Finland and Egypt,’ presented at the workshop ‘Mediation and Religious Arbitration: Thinking through Issues of Gender Equality and Justice in Family Law Disputes,’  Center of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,  June 10, 2014.

 

‘Muslims Feminist Engagements with Islamic Tradition: Some Reflections from Egypt,’  presented at the Colloquium ‘Concord, Conflict, and C-existence: Religion and Society in the Middle East and North Africa,’  organized by Finnish Institute in the Middle East, the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History, and Abo Akademi University, June 5, 2014

 

‘Process Matters: Legal Reform, Feminist Religious Knowledge, and Gender Justice in Egypt,’ presented at the conference ‘Beyond 2015: Pathways to a Gender Just World, organized by Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, May 29-30, 2014

 

‘Muslim Feminist Engagements with Islamic Textual Tradition: Some Reflections,’ presented at the Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions,  University of Groningen,  May 13, 2014, Groningen, the Netherlands

 

‘Engaging with Islamic Textual Tradition: Islamic Feminism and Gender Reform in Egypt,’ presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference (Changing Society), University of Leeds, April 23-25, 2014, Leeds, UK

 

‘Feminist Religious Knowledge and Family Law Reform in Post-Islamist Egypt,’ presented at Muslim Women’s Challenges in the Middle East and Beyond, a conference organized by Norwegian Center for Human Rights, University of Oslo, October 25-26, 2013, Oslo, Norway

 

‘Reflections on ‘Islamic Feminists’ Interpretive Readings of Fiqh Construction of Matrimony and Martial Roles and their Relevance to the Egyptian Context, ‘ presented at Feminism and Islamic Perspectives: New Horizons of Knowledge and Reform  (organized by Women and Memory Forum and the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute), March 17-18, 2012, Cairo

 

‘Gender Justice and Egyptian Family Laws: Post-2000 Reforms,’ presented at the American University in Cairo Annual Research Conference entitled Social Justice: Theory, Research, and Practice, Cairo, Egypt, May 3, 2011

 

‘Islamic Feminism and Reforming Family Laws in Egypt,’ presented at the workshop entitled The Many Faces of Islamic Feminism in the 12th Mediterranean Research Meeting, organized by Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Montecatini Terme, 6-9 April, 2011

 

Khul and Fault-based Judicial Divorce in Egypt,’ presented at International Research Workshop entitled  Interpreting Women’s Right of Divorce in Present Day Islamic Family Laws: Transnational and Cross-cultural Developments in the Law of Divorce in Europe and the Muslim World, organized by Center for European Islamic Thought, Center for Legal Studies, and Migration Initiative, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, December 8, 2010

 

‘The Limits of Legal Reform and the Question of Gender Justice: The Case of Egypt,’ presented at the Annual Conference of the Finnish Association for Women Studies, in the workshop entitled The Imaginary Domain and the Possibility of Justice with Drucilla Cornell and Tuija Pulkkinen, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, November 13, 2010

 

‘Qiwamah in Egyptian Family Laws: ‘Wifely Obedience’ between Legal Texts, Court Room Practices, and Realities of Marriages,’ presented at the Second Workshop on Guidelines for Reforming Muslim Family Laws, organized by Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief, January 8, 2010, Cairo, Egypt

 

‘Khul in Contemporary Egypt: Between Doctrine, Public Discourse, and Court Practice,’ presented at Re-imagining the Shari’a: Theory, Practice, and Muslim Pluralism at Play, September 16, 2009, Venice, Italy (a conference organized by Warwick Law School, University of Warwick and Center for European Islamic Thought, University of Copenhagen)

 

‘Reforming Egyptian Personal Status Laws: the Process, Actors, and Outcomes,’ presented at Comparative Welfare States and their Gender Justice Projects: Egypt, Finland, and the Yemen, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Helsinki, Finland, August 24, 2009

 

‘The Religious in Debates about Reforming Egyptian Family Laws,’ presented at Inter-Asia Cultural Typhoon Conference, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan, July 4, 2009

 

‘The Religious in Debates about Reforming Egyptian Family Laws,’ presented at International Conference on Constitutional Feminism, Kingston University, Ontario, Canada, February 28, 2009

 

‘Legal Reforms and Court Practices: The Case of Egyptian Personal Status Laws,’ presented at the Workshop on Guidelines for Reforming Muslim Family Laws, organized by Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief, January 10, 2009, Cairo, Egypt

 

‘Family Courts in Egypt: Legislative and Implementation Challenges,’ presented at More Justice for Muslim and Christian Workshop, organized by Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance, Cairo, Egypt, November 24, 2008 

 

Euromed Policy Conference: Women’s Economic Rights: Making a Difference in the Mediterranean, Brussels, November 18, 2008. Presented a commentary on ‘Women’s Economic Rights in the South Mediterranean Region: A Comparative Analysis of Law, Regulations, and Practice.’  

 

‘Family Courts in Egypt: Legislative and Implementation Challenges,’ presented at Experts’ Workshop on Family Courts, organized by Forum for Development of Women, October 28, 2008

 

“Refugees in Egypt: Transit Migrations?”  Presented at Imiscoe Conference on (Irregular) Transit Migration the European Space: Theory, Politics, and Research Methodology, April 18-19, 2008, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

 

“A Transnational Way of Living: Gendering Family-based Support System in the Somali Diaspora,” presented at 11th Biennial International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Conference, January 9th, 2008, Cairo, Egypt

 

“Family Courts in Egypt: Pathway to Women’s Empowerment?” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 19th, 2007, Washington, D.C.

 

“Migration and Transnational Families: The Case of Somali Diaspora(s)” presented at Conference on Migration and Refugee Movements in the Middle East and North Eastern Africa, Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program, the American University in Cairo, October 25, 2007

 

“The Secondary Movement of Somali Refugees and the Issue of Protection,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 15th 2006, San Jose, CA

 

“Reconstructing the Somali Nation in Diaspora,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, November 17th 2006, San Francisco, CA

 

“Development of Participatory Research Tools to Study Violence against Street Children in Cairo,” paper presented at the Follow-up Conference on the UN Study of Violence against Children, Cairo, March 2006

 

“The Poetics and Practices of Soomaalinimo,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC, December 1st, 2005 

 

“Refugees and Citizens: The Somali Diaspora in Cairo,” presented at the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program Seminar Series, The American University in Cairo, May 11, 2005

 

“Practices and Meanings of Hijaab-wearing among Diasporic Somali Women in Cairo,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Atlanta, GO, December 16, 2004.

 

“Transnational Identities: Diasporic Somali Women in Cairo,” presented at the  Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL, November 19, 2003.

 

“The Livelihood and Identity Constructions of Somali Refugees in Cairo,” presented at The Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program Seminar Series, The American University in Cairo, October 1, 2003

 

“Studying Somali Refugees in Cairo: Methodological Issues,” presented at The Workshop on “The Study of Refugee Populations in Urban Settings,” sponsored by CEDEJ and The Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program, The American University in Cairo, April 23, 2002.

 

“The Somali Diaspora in Canada: Issues of Identity,” presented at the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, History, and Power, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, February 15, 2001.

 

“The Somali Diaspora in Canada: Issues of Identity,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA, November 18, 2000.

 

“The Representation of Somali Women in Somali Proverbs: Issues of Language and Gender Ideology,” presented at the Sixth International Pragmatics Conference, Reims, France, July 24, 1998.

 

 

 

Conferences, Workshops, and Seminars Organized

 

Qur’anic Ethics and Hermeneutics: The Case of Gender, a lecture presented by Omaima Abou-Bakr (Cairo University) and Asma Lamrabet (EuroAab Foundation, Granda), at the Middle East and Islamic Studies Series, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, October 12, 2020

 

Humor in Islam, a lecture by Yasmin Amin (Ph.D. candidate, Exeter University), presented at the Middle East and Islamic Studies Lecture Series, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, June 12, 2020

 

Islam, Native Americans, and Conquest of Canaan: A Qur’anic Reading, a lecture by Dr. Shadaab Rahematulla (University of Edinburgh), presented at the Middle East and Islamic Studies Lecture Series, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, May 8, 2020

 

Building Egalitarian Ethics and Jurisprudence of Muslim Marriages, workshop co-organized with Musawah, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 23-26, 2019

 

Muslim Marriages: Plurality of Norms and Practices, a conference co-organized with Professor Annelies Moors (University of Amsterdam) and Dr. Rajnaara Akhtar (Montfort University, UK and founder of International Network of Scholars Researching Unregistered Marriages) at University of Amsterdam, April 11-12, 2019

 

 

The Qur'an and Muslim Feminist Ethics: Hermeneutical and Anthropological Reflections, presented at  EKSEGEETTINEN PÄIVÄ 2019, University of Helsinki, February 7, 2019

 

 

Islamic Interpretive Tradition in the Contemporary World: Ethics and Hermeneutics, An international seminar, November 8, 2018, University of Helsinki

 

Building Egalitarian Ethics and Jurisprudence of Muslim Marriages, a closed workshop  (second meeting), co-organized with University of Toronto (Islamic Studies Institute), and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law), and Musawah, November 9-10, 2018, University of Helsinki

 

Transnational Muslim Marriages: Wellbeing, Law, and Gender, an international seminar, University of Helsinki, September 7, 2018

 

Building Egalitarian Ethics and Jurisprudence of Muslim Marriages, workshop co-organized with Center of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and Musawah, Global Movement for Equality and Justice in Muslim Family, May 12-13, 2018, SOAS London, United Kingdom

 

Quranic Hermeneutics: Reading the Text for Gender, Guest Lecture by Amina Wadud, April 12, 2018, University of Helsinki,  Faculty of Theology, Course ‘Islamic Interpretive Tradition: Authority, Tradition, and the Gender Question

 

Islamic Feminism: Knowledge Building, Movement Building, a seminar with Amina Wadud, April 13, 2018, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology (also chaired the seminar)

 

Transnational Family Life, Wellbeing and Everyday Security Experiences of Somalis, A seminar with the Finnish Somali Community, University of Helsinki, October 9, 2017

 

Transnational Finish Somali Families: Navigating Racism, Navigating Muslimness, session organized at Afroeuropeans Conference 2017: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe, July 6, 2017, Tampere, Finland

 

Chaired the keynote lecture by Paul Gilroy titled ‘On the Necessity and Impossibility of Being a Black European (a 2017 re-mix) or the Value of Antiracism in the Alt-right Era,’ at  at Afroeuropeans Conference 2017: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe, July 6, 2017, Tampere, Finland

 

 

Islamic Interpretive Tradition and Gender Justice: Processes of Canonization, Subversion, and Change, international workshop, University of Helsinki, April 25, 2017

 

The Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law, and Gender, co-organized with CIMEL, SOAS, November 29-30, 2016, London, UK

 

'Studying Lived Religion: Methodological Possibilities and Challenges,' a panel co-organized and chaired with Rita Sobczyk, EASR 2016: Relocating Religion, July 1, 2016, University of Helsinki

 

Transnational Migrant Families: Studying Wellbeing, a workshop organized at 12 International ETMU Days 2015 Conference, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, October 22, 2015

 

Women, Agency, and Islamic Religious Institutions in  Indonesia, a seminar co-organized with Marjaana Jauhola (‘Scraps of Hope’ Project, Gender Studies, University of Helsinki,),  Faculty of Theology, Study of Religions Unit, University of Helsinki, November 9, 2015 Studies

 

Islamic Interpretive Tradition and Gender Justice: Processes of Canonization, Subversion, and Change, a panel co-organized (with Omaima Abou-Bakr) at IAHR World Congress 2015, Erfut, Germany

 

Building Egalitarian Jurisprudence Of Muslim Marriage, a workshoporganized as part of the research activities of my Academy of Finland Project ‘Islamic Feminism: Tradition, Authority, and Hermeneutics,’ March 8, 2015 at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in collaboration with Center of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIML), SOAS, University of London, and Musawah, Global Movement for Knowledge Building 

 

Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition, a seminar organized as part of the research activities of my Academy of Finland Project ‘Islamic Feminism: Tradition, Authority, and Hermeneutics,’ March 7, 2015 at SOAS, University of London, in collaboration with Center of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIML), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, and Musawah, Muslim Movement for Knowledge Building 

 

 Religion, Gender, and Migration: Religious Studies Day, a symposium organized as part of the research activities of my Academy of Finland Project ‘Islamic Feminism: Tradition, Authority, and Hermeneutics,’ February 20, 2015,  at University of Helsinki, in collaboration with Finnish Society for Study of Religion, and Academy of Finland Projects ‘Transnational Muslim Marriages: Wellbeing, Law, and Gender,’ and Islam and Security Revisited: Transnational Somali Families in Finland, Canada, and Somalia

 

Muslim Migrants in Finland: On-going Research, a workshop organized as part of the research activities of my Academy of Finland Project ‘Islamic Feminism: Tradition, Authority, and Hermeneutics,’ February 20, 2015 at University of Helsinki, in collaboration with Academy of Finland Projects ‘Transnational Muslim Marriages: Wellbeing, Law, and Gender,’ and Islam and Security Revisited: Transnational Somali Families in Finland, Canada, and Somalia

 

 

Religious Traditions, Lived Religions: Connections and Tensions, seminar organized as part of the research activities of my Academy of Finland Project ‘Islamic Feminism: Tradition, Authority, and Hermeneutics,’ December 3, 2014, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

 

Transnational Muslim Marriages and Family Lives: Norms, Laws, and Wellbeing (workshop co-organized with Marja Tiilikainen), November 10-11, 2014, City University London, in collaboration with Department of International Politics and International Policy Center

 

Transnational Migrant Families: Norms, Laws, and Lived Realities, (workshop co-organized with Marja Tiilikainen) for the 17th Nordic Migration Research Conference, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 13-15, 2014

 

Women’s Agency and Law: Perspectives from the Nordic and Global South (workshop co-organized with Susanne Dahlgren), May 30-31, 2011, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

 

Reforming Family Laws in the Middle East, an international workshop organized by Social Research Center, American University in Cairo, January 8, 2008, Cairo, Egypt

 

Muslim Family Laws: from Women’s Rights Perspective, an international seminar organized through my post at Social Research Center, American University in Cairo, and Egyptian Network for Women’s Rights Organizations, January 12, 2010, Cairo, Egypt.

 

Seminars and Lectures

 

‘A Feminist Quest for Qur’anic Justice, Beauty, and Spiritual Care,’ a webinar lecture co-presented with Omaima Abou-Bakr and Asma Lamrabet, organized by Musawah, May 5, 2020

 

‘Medieval Tafsīr and the Formation of Normative Concepts through Hermeneutics,’ presented at the seminar series of the Ancient Medieval Middle East  Association, University of Helsinki, February 13, 2020

 

‘Researching Qur’anic Ethics,’ co-presented with Amira Abou Taleb, at the seminar on Qur’an organized by Student Association of Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, and Muslim Student Association at University of Helsinki, November 21, 2019

 

‘Teaching and Researching Islamic Theology at University of Heslinki,’ a public talk co-presented with Ilkka LIndstedt at the Finnish Islamic Congregation (Suomen Islam Seurakunta), April 14, 2019

 

‘Islamic Family Law, Family Wellbeing, and Gender: A Case Study from Finland,’ lecture taught at University of Turku in the course Islam and Culture 2, January 30, 2019

 

‘Islamic Feminist Hermeneutics: Methodological Reflections,’ presented at the Monthly Lecture Series of the Center for the Study of Christian Cultures, University of Turku, October 17, 2018

 

The ‘Non-Religious’ in Finland: A Roundtable Discussion organized by University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology, Study of Religions, and Fokus-tiedeklubs, October 11, 2018

 

‘Islamic Theology and Islamic Religious Education: Reflections,' guest lecture presented at the university course Katsomuten välinen vuorovaikutus koulussa, University of Helsinki, September 25, 2018

 

‘What Can Islamic Feminism Offer towards Equality and Inclusivity?’ presented at Finnish-Indonesian Public Lectures, organized by Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, in collaboration with Indonesian Embassy in Finland and Indonesia-Finland Interfaith Dialogue, September 18, 2018

 

Tunisia and Democratization, a Roundtable Organized by DEMO Finland and Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki, September 12, 2018, participant/discussant

 

Revisiting Conflict, Security, and Religion, guest lecture presented in the course ‘Gender, Conflicts, and Security in a Globalized World, University of Helsinki, April 24, 2018

 

Migration, Muslims in Europe, and Islamic Theology: Public Talk with Students of Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, April 5, 2018

 

Transnational Migration and Citizenship,’ presented at ‘Promoting Co-existence and Tolerance in Finnish Society: A Symposium,’ organized by Alrisalah Scandinavian Foundation, Helsinki, October 22, 2016

 

‘Muslim Religiosit(ies): Reflections from Ethnographic Research in Finland,’ presented at the Seminar with Students of Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, organized by Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki,  June 1, 2016

 

‘Peace, Wellbeing, and Citizenship: Somali-Finnish Women and Diasporic Life in Finland,’ presented at the Seminar on Girls as Peace Builders, organized by Nicehearts, Helsinki, Finland, September  21, 2015

 

‘Texts and Contexts: Religious Tradition and Lived Realities from a Muslim Gender Perspective,’ presented at the seminar titled ‘Religious Traditions, Lived Religions: Connections and Tensions,’ Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, December 3, 2014

 

‘Reforming Law and Religions Knowledge: Women, Gender, and Islamic Interpretive Tradition,’ guest lecture presented at the course titled ‘World Religions,’ taught by Prof. Tuula Sakaranaho in the MA program ‘Religion, Conflict, and Dialogue,’ Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, November 4, 2014

‘Religion, Law, and the Ethical: Transnational Muslim Marriages in Finland,’  presented at the  Transnational Families, Migration, and the Law seminar, organized by Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, February 18, 2014

Reflections on Islamic Feminist Readings of Jurisprudence and their Significance in the Egyptian Context,’ presented at the launch of Feminist and Islamic  Perspectives: New Horizons of Knowledge and Reform, edited by Omaima Abou-Bakr, organized by the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI), the Danish Center for Research on Women and Gender (KVINFO), and Women and Memory Forum, Copenhagen, November 14, 2013

 

‘Somali Women in Canada: Transnational Family Lives and Religious Authority,’ co-presented with Marja Tiilikainen, at the Governance of Transnational Islam Seminar, organized as part of the activities of the Academy of Finland Project ‘Governance of Transnational Islam: the Case of Finland, Ireland, and Canada,’ directed by Professor Tuula Sakaranaho, Study of Religion Unit, University of Helsinki, October 21-22, 2013

 

‘Reflections on Legal Reform and Gender Justice in Egypt,’ presented at the Book launch of Gender and Equality in Muslim Family Law: Justice and Ethics in the Islamic Legal Tradition, edited by Mir-Hosseini et al (I.B. Tauris 2013), organized by Norwegian Center for Human Rights, Oslo University and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, April 27, 2013, London

 

‘Revisiting Qiwamah (husband’s authority and protection over wife)) and Wilayah (male guardianship) from the Perspective of Lived Realities: Selected Life Stories of Muslim Women from Muslim-Majority and Muslim-Minority Countries,’ presented at Consultative Meeting with Ulema (Religious Scholars): Knowledge Building Initiative on Qiwamah and Wilayah, organized by Rabita Mohammadia des Oulémas, Center for Studies and Research on Women’s Issues in Islam, and Musawah, Rabat, Morocco, November 8-9, 2013

 

‘Reflections on Somali Diaspora(s) and Peace building in Somalia,’ presented at the seminar entitled ‘Current Research on Somalia: Showcasing On-going Approaches and Cases,’ organized by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and the Somali-Finnish League, August 23, 2012

‘Somali Transnational Family Life: Reflections on Gender and Power Dynamics,’ presented at a seminar entitled Somali Lives Revisited -How Transnationalism Shapes Somali Communities, Families and Persons, organized by the Finnish Anthropological Society, University of Helsinki, May 10, 2011

‘Legal Reform as a Pathway of Gender Justice: The Case of Egypt,’ presented at Islam in Europe Workshop, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, March 29, 2011

 

‘Islamic Feminism and Reforming Family Laws in Egypt,’ presented at the Institute for Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, March 29, 2011 

 

‘Social Justice and Democracy: The Case of Egypt,’ presented at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Finland, Helsinki, March 21, 2011

 

‘Shari’a, Family Laws, and Women’s Rights: The Case of Egypt,’ lecture presented to Freshman and Sophomore Students in the Human Rights and Religions undergraduate course, University of Helsinki, February 8, 2011 

 

 

Committee Service

Student Thesis Advisory Committee, Institute for Gender and Women Studies, American University in Cairo: member (fall 2008-2010)

 

Libraries and Learning Technologies Advisory Committee, American University in Cairo: member (fall 2008-Spring 2010)

 

Member of the Organizing Committee for the Somali Studies Association 12th Annual Congress, Helsinki, Finland, August 19-23, 2015

 

Member of Organizing Committee (at Faculty of Theology, Study of Religions Unit, University of Helsinki) for the  European Association for the Study of Religions Conference (EASR), Helsinki, University of Helsinki, June 28-July 1, 2016

 

 

Other Professional Activities

Refereed manuscripts for Routledge, Palgrave MacMillan, Rutgers University Press, Gender and Society, Open Cultural Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies; the Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration; Nordic Journal of African Studies, Migration Review, Cairo Papers, American University in Cairo; Center for Migration and Refugee Studies Working Paper Series, American University in Cairo

 

Membership in Professional Organizations

American Association for the Study of Religion

Finnish Society for the Study of Religion

The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU)

International Network of Scholars Researching Unregistered Marriages

 

 

Languages:

English: fluent speaking, reading, and writing skills

Arabic: fluent speaking, reading, and writing skills

Somali: fluent speaking, reading, and writing skills

 

 

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • 520 Other social sciences
  • islamic law, muslim family laws, gender, Middle East, Egypt, forced migration

International and National Collaboration

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