Professor of Women’s Studies in Religion
Hijri 1369-Present (AH); Common Era 1950-Present (CE)
Leila Ahmed, BA, MA, PhD, University of Cambridge, came to the Divinity School at Harvard University in 1999 as the first professor of women's studies in religion and was appointed to the Victor S. Thomas chair in 2003. Prior to her appointment at HDS, she was professor of women's studies and Near Eastern studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. While at the University of Massachusetts, she was director of the women's studies program from 1992 to 1995 and director of the Near Eastern studies program from 1991 to 1992. Her latest book, “A Border Passage,” has been widely acclaimed. Her other publications include the books, “Women and Gender in Islam: The Historical Roots of a Modern Debate” and “Edward William Lane: A Study of His Life and Work and of British Ideas of the Middle East in the Nineteenth Century,” as well as many articles, among them "Arab Culture and Writing Women's Bodies" and "Between Two Worlds: The Formation of a Turn of the Century Egyptian Feminist." Her current research and writing centers on Islam in America and issues of women and gender.