Columnist for the Saudi Daily "Al Yaum" and WISE International Shura Council Member
Hijri 1389–Present (AH); Common Era 1970–Present (CE)
Afra Jalabi is an Arab-Canadian journalist and peace advocate. She was born in Damascus in 1970 and was raised in Germany and Saudi Arabia. Afra completed high school in Saudi Arabia and then moved to Canada, where she attended McGill University and received a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science. After graduating from McGill, she earned a M.A. in Journalism from Carleton University. Afra then moved to London, where she worked as a weekly columnist for Al-Jadeedah Magazine and wrote about cultural, social, and literary topics. Afra is currently a weekly columnist for the Saudi daily newspaper, Al Yaum and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Religion at Hamline University. Her interests lie in the theory of nonviolence, early Islamic history and texts, Qur’anic exegesis, and feminist theory. She has lectured about these themes in Canada and the United States and has worked with her uncle, Jawdat Said, on several projects related to Islam and non-violence. Afra will begin a Ph.D. program in Islamic Studies at UCLA in the fall of 2009.