Writer, PhD Candidate at Concordia University
Hijri 1389–Present (AH);
Common Era 1970–Present (CE)
Afra Jalabi is a Montreal based writer whose interests revolve around language, theology of nonresistance, Quranic hermeneutics and power with a focus on nonviolent resistance. She has worked closely with her uncle, Jawdat Said, a prominent Islamic scholar who has written on nonviolence and Quranic themes. She is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University. Her dissertation focuses on philosophical hermeneutics and aims to revitalize and rehabilitate Hans-Georg Gadamar’s notion of dialogue by emphasizing, not just “the relevance of the beautiful,” but the relevance of power in contexts of political asymmetry. She has also done work with George Mason University and NGOs -- helping develop curriculum, trainings, and online classes for refugees in different parts of the world, with a focus on Syrian refugees.