“I am using ethnographic research to examine how women are reshaping local and transnational discourses of gender and Islam through alternative reading of sources in Islamic tradition. The manuscript is situated at the broad nexus of the state, religion and modernity, gender and Islam, transnational feminisms, and anthropological theory.”

Basarudin received her PhD in Women’s Studies in 2009 from the University of California Los Angeles and an M.A. from Roosevelt University in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her primary areas of specialization are feminist studies in Islam, transnational and postcolonial feminist theories, feminist ethnography, and social justice and human rights with geographical focus on Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. Basarudin’s most recent appointments were as a Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University and a Future of Minority Studies Mentoring Fellowship at Syracuse University. She has served as a Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies and as a Research Fellow at the American University of Cairo. She is also a recipient of awards from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), among others. Her writings have appeared in A Jihad for Justice: Honoring the Work and Life of Amina Wadud, Women and Islam, Al-Raida: Journal of the Institute of Women’s Studies in the Arab World, Twentieth-Century Arab Writers, and Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality. Her book, Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia (2016) was published by University of Washington Press.

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