Deina Abdelkader, PhD


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Deina Abdelkader is currently an Associate Professor in the department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and a Visiting Scholar at Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University.

Abdelkader is a Comparitivist and International Relations specialist. Her scholarly interests and research focus on the Middle East and North Africa, Comparative Democratization in the Muslim World, Islamic Activism, and the Role of Muslim Women in Religious Interpretation.

She is the author of Social Justice in Islam (2000) and Islamic Activists: The Anti-Enlightenment Democrats (Pluto Press, 2011). She has also authored a number of articles; her latest is Coercion, Peace and the Issue of Jihad in the Digest of Middle East Studies, and a book chapter titled: “Modernity, Islam and Religious Activism”, The New Global Order and the Middle East, Ashgate Publishers, (2012).

Abdelkader is also one of two women on the Islamic Jurisprudential Council of North America (Fiqh Council of North America) and she is also part of the editorial board of the Digest of Middle East Studies.

Publications

Books:

Islamic Activists: The Anti-Enlightenment Democrats, London: Pluto Press, 2011.

Social Justice in Islam, London: International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2000.

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Social Justice for Muslim Women”, Oxford Encyclopedia for Islam and Women, 2012-2013.
  • “Islamic Law, Democratization, and Public Welfare” Journal of Law and Religion, being revised and resubmitted, 2013-2014.
  •  “Women’s Rights and Modernizing Islam”, Oxford Encyclopedia for Islam and Women, 2012-2013.
  • “Coercion, Peace and the Issue of Jihad”, Digest of Middle East Studies, November 2011.
  • “Fiqh Council of North America”, Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam, March, 2014.
  • “International Islamic Institute of Thought”, Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam, March, 2014.
  • ” Modernity, Islam and Religious Activism”, The New Global Order and the Middle East, Ashgate Publishers,  (2012) (book chapter)
  • Book review of “Arguing the Just War in Islam”, Digest of Middle East Studies, October 22nd, 2010.
  • “Modernity and the Principle of Public Welfare”, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Georgetown’s Center for Muslim Christian Understanding April, 2003.