Notes on Contributors

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Notes on Contributors

In alphabetical order.

Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl

is one of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic law and Islam, and a prominent scholar in the field of human rights. Dr. Abou El Fadl holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an MA and PhD in Islamic law from Princeton University. He is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches International Human Rights, Islamic Jurisprudence, National Security Law, Law and Terrorism, Islam and Human Rights, Political Asylum, and Political Crimes and Legal Systems. He is also the Chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA. Among his many honours and distinctions, Dr. Abou El Fadl was awarded the University of Oslo Human Rights Award, the Leo and Lisl Eitinger Prize in 2007, and named a Carnegie Scholar in Islamic Law in 2005. He was previously appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the US Commission for International Religious Freedom, and also served as a member of the board of directors of Human Rights Watch. He continues to serve on the advisory board of Middle East Watch (part of Human Rights Watch) and regularly works with human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (Human Rights First) as an expert in a wide variety of cases involving human rights, terrorism, political asylum, and international and commercial law. Dr. Abou El Fadl is the author of 14 books and over 50 articles on various topics in Islam and Islamic law.

Dr. Abbas Barzegar

is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Georgia State University (GSU) and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. At GSU he co-directs two interdisciplinary research projects: Civic Approaches to Conflict Resolution in the Muslim World, and After Malcolm: Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle. He received his PhD in 2010 from Emory University specializing on the Sunni-­Shiite conflict, Islam in America, and transnational political Islam. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he is the co-author of Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam (Stanford, 2009). His work has been supported by The Carter Center, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The British Council, The European Union, The US Institute of Peace, The Mellon Foundation, and the Georgia Humanities Council. His public commentary and analysis can be found in a variety of print and broadcast media outlets, including The Huffington Post, The Guardian, CNN, Aljazeera, and Fox News.

Dr. Mettursun Beydulla

was born in Xinjiang, China, went to Uyghur schools, studied intensive Chinese and graduated from university preparation courses at the Central Nationalities University in Beijing. He received a BA in History from Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an and an MA in History and a PhD in Social/Cultural Anthropology from Ankara University, Turkey. He researched and taught Uyghur at the American University in Cairo in 2006, and was a visiting scholar in Harvard in 2007. Between September 2008–June 2013, conducted research and taught Uyghur language, literature, and culture at Harvard and MIT. He taught Sociology and Anthropology courses between July 2013 and June 2016 at Fatih University, Istanbul, then taught Uyghur in the Diplomatic Language Services in Arlington, VA during Oct. 2016. He has been teaching Turkish at the ICA Language Service, Arlington, VA since Jan. 2017. His research and publications include: national identity, social and identity change among the Uyghurs; Chinese socio-cultural practices in Xinjiang; Uyghur Diasporas; relations between Xinjiang and Central Asia; the social, linguistic, cultural, religious, political, and institutional history of the Uyghurs and Xinjiang; and pan-Turkic culture.

Dr. Rebecca Ruth Gould

is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literatures of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale UP, 2016), which was awarded honorable mention for the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies, Association for the Study of Nationalities. She is the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems of Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (Northwestern UP, 2016) and The Prose of the Mountains: Tales of the Caucasus (Central European UP, 2015). Broadly specializing in the Islamic Caucasus, she is a Reader in Translation Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Bristol. From Fall 2017 onwards, she will be Professor, Islamic World and Comparative Literatures, University of Birmingham. The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Van Leer Institute for Advanced Studies has supported her work. In 2015, she received the Charles Schmitt Prize awarded by the International Society for Intellectual History and the MLA Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship awarded by the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages Association for her work on Syrian postcolonialism.

Dr. Sari Hanafi

is currently a Professor of Sociology at the American University of Beirut. He is also the editor of Idafat: the Arab Journal of Sociology (Arabic). He is the Vice President of the International Sociological Association. He was a member and Vice President of the board of the Arab Council of Social Science (2012–2016). He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the political and economic sociology of the Palestinian diaspora and refugees; sociology of migration; transnationalism; politics of scientific research; civil society and elite formation and transitional justice. Among his recent books are: From Relief and Works to Human Development: UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees after 60 Years. (Edited with L. Takkenberg and L. Hilal) (Routledge). His latest book (with R. Arvanitis) is Knowledge Production in the Arab World: The Impossible Promise (2016).

Dr. Said Fares Hassan

currently teaches at al-Azhar University, Faculty of Languages and Translation, Dept. of Islamic Studies, Cairo, Egypt. He received his PhD from UCLA in 2011. He worked as a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University in 2012; a visiting fellow at the Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin, Indonesia in 2014; a visiting fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität, Berlin also in 2014. His publications include Fiqh al-Aqalliyyat: History, development and Progress (New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and “Law-Abiding Citizen: Recent Fatwas on Muslim Minorities” Loyalty to Western Nations,” Journal of the Muslim World, October 2015. He has contributed a number of chapters to edited volumes such as Education and the Arab Spring: Shifting Toward Democracy, 2016, Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History, 2016, and The Encyclopedia of Muslim American History, 2010.

Dr. Abdul Jaleel P.K.M.

is currently associated with ARI at the National University of Singapore. He received his PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research on “Hadrami Sayyid Diaspora of Kerala and Singapore: A Comparative Study” is an historical and anthropological examination of diasporic experiences of an immigrant community from the same homeland and how they ended up with diverse socio-political and economic trajectories. On the lines of recent attempts to perceive societies around the Indian Ocean as culturally and economically inter-connected since centuries, it approached immigrant Hadramis in the both places as a maritime community whose trajectories were shaped by both land-based polities and sea-based communities. Thus, the study demonstrated how the Hadrami immigrants worked as one of the prime agents in inducing the similarity of religious traditions in both South India and Southeast Asia. It also attempted to explain the socio-religious factors that facilitated the diaspora to assume a legitimate leadership of host societies, and it signified their faith-based nature, showing the complexities in dealing with a Muslim diaspora that have sanctified notions of the lineage and Sufism. At ARI, his work is focused on the cultural and economic maritime connections of Malabar with other Asian regions. His forthcoming publication is “Religion and Politics in Eighteenth Century Malabar: The Diasporic Writings of a Hadrami Scholar” with Oxford University Press, New Delhi.

Ray Jureidini

Dr. Ray Jureidini has been professor of migration ethics and human rights since 2014 at the Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics in the College of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar. His human and labour rights based research and activism centers on migrant labour exploitation, human trafficking, racism, debt bondage and slavery-like practices in the Middle East. After teaching Sociology in several universities in Australia, he spent 6 years at the American University of Beirut from 1999 where he addressed human rights issues concerning migrant domestic workers in the Middle East. At the American University in Cairo from 2005–2011, he became director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies and conducted a number of research projects on migrant and refugee issues, including household domestic workers, child domestic workers, and Somali asylum seekers in Yemen, Syria and Turkey. Dr. Jureidini was one of the authors of the Qatar Foundation’s 2013 Mandatory Standards for Migrant Worker Welfare and has authored articles on migrant labour, refugees and Islamic ethics and reports on labour recruitment, wages and other migration issues relating the Gulf States. Professor Jureidini is a consultant and advisor on refugee issues, labour recruitment, labour supply chain evaluations and migrant labour reform advocacy.

Radhika Kanchana

Dr. Radhika Kanchana is Research Associate, Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI) in Paris, France. She received her PhD in Political Science (November 2016) from the Institut d’études Politiques de Paris, with a dissertation titled, “The expediency of the contemporary guest worker migration policies that curb mobility: the Arab-Gulf countries and the Indian migrants.” She completed a Master of Research in Comparative Politics (2008) from the Institut d’études Politiques de Paris, a Master of Arts, in International Relations (2004) Syracuse University, USA and a Master of Business Administration, Finance (2000) from Osmania University in India. Dr. Kanchana’s current research interests include the Arab-Gulf region in particular and international migration with focus on states’ policy and international law, from the perspective of what they mean to the people experiencing them. Her PhD field research was conducted from 2009 to 2011 in the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.

Dina Taha

Ms. Dina Taha is a third year PhD candidate in the Sociology department at York University in Toronto. She is the recipient of the Humanitarian Response Network of Canada research grant and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship of 2017. Her research interests focus on forced migration and gender, critical refugee studies and post-colonial/anti-colonial critiques. Her dissertation explores survival mechanisms of Syrian refugee women in Egypt particularly through marriage to Egyptian nationals. Dina holds a BA in Political Science from Cairo University and an MA in International Human Rights Law from the American University in Cairo. She has extensive experience with feminist and minority advocacy groups such as Nazra for Feminist Studies and Minority Rights Group International. She plays a very active role at the Center for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York University, chairing the Student Caucus and serving as a research assistant for the Refugee Research Network project (RRN) which has been created to mobilize and sustain a Canadian and international network of researchers and research centers committed to the study of refugee and forced migration issues and to engaging policy makers and practitioners in finding solutions to the plight of refugees and displaced persons. Her job description includes monitoring and updating different social media platforms for the network as well as develop a weekly research digest which provides a synopsis of recent research on refugee and forced migration issues from entities associated with the RRN.

Tahir Zaman

Dr. Tahir Zaman is primarily interested in matters pertaining to refugee agency and alternative socio-cultural understandings of refuge during times of mass-displacement. He was awarded a PhD in Refugee Studies from the University of East London in 2013. His work located at the intersections of human geography and social anthropology explored the social and cultural life-worlds of Iraqi refugees in Damascus where he undertook fieldwork in 2010 and 2011. His doctoral thesis was recently published as a book by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 under the title of “Islamic traditions of refuge in the crises of Iraq and Syria.” Dr. Tahir has since worked extensively with a leading peace-building and conflict transformation NGO on considering the role of Syrian Diaspora actors in responding to mass displacement and contributing towards peace-building. He is a member of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faiths and Local Communities—a platform for academics, policy makers, humanitarians, and development practitioners working on conflict and displacement. Dr. Tahir is also a member of the core design team on a project led by the Overseas Development Institute that seeks to reimagine the humanitarian architecture. His current research interest focuses on the intersections of forced migration, humanitarianism, and social economy.

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