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Elora Shehabuddin
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Humanities and Political Science
 
e-mail:elora@rice.edu
 
  • A. B. (1991) Harvard University
  • Ph.D. (2000) Princeton University
 
Primary Department
   Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Asian Studies
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
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    Research Areas
     Islam, gender and politics; Islamic activism; South Asian politics; development; political economy of gender
     

    “Apostles of Progress: Feminism, Empire, and Muslim Women” (Harvard University Press, under contract)

     

    Who speaks for Muslim women? Who gets heard? Who gets to set the agenda for activism on their behalf? My book Apostles of Progress: Feminism, Empire, and Muslim Women examines the intersection of feminism and Islam in the shadow of empire, from the heyday of European colonialism in the nineteenth century to the global War on Terror in the early twenty-first century.

     

    “Women at the Muslim Center: Islamist Ideals and Democratic Exigencies”

     

    Comparison of Islamist politics and gender in Lebanon (Hizballah) and Bangladesh (Jamaat-i Islami)


     


    (research and writing has been funded by a Carnegie Scholar award and a grant from the United States Institute of Peace)

     
    Teaching Areas
     Islam, gender and politics; Islamic activism; South Asian politics; development; political economy of gender; feminist methodologies and epistemologies
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     “The Jamaat-i Islami in Bangladesh: Women, Democracy, and the Transformation of Islamist Politics,” Modern Asian Studies 42 (March/May 2008), 577-603
     
     Journal of Bangladesh Studies
     
     Articles
     

    Shehabuddin, Elora "??Development? Revisited: A Critical Analysis of the Status of Women in Bangladesh.?." Journal of Bangladesh StudiesIn Press

     
     Books
     

    Suad Joseph, ed. "Women and Islamic Cultures: Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches, 2003-2013. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.." 

     
     Reshaping the Holy: Development, Democracy, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh (Columbia University Press, 2008)
     
     

    Elora Shehabuddin "Empowering Rural Women: The Impact of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh." 

     
     Book chapters
     

    Elora Shehabuddin "“The Jamaat-i Islami in Bangladesh: Women, Democracy, and the Transformation of Islamist Politics,” Reprinted in Islamic Reform in South Asia, edited by Filippo Osella and Caroline Osella (Cambridge University Press [India], 2013)." 

     
     

    “Bangladeshi Civil Society and Islamist Politics” in Political Islam and Governance in Bangladesh, edited by Ali Riaz and Christine Fair (Routledge, 2010)

     
     

    “Gender and the Figure of the ‘Moderate Muslim’: Feminism in the 21st Century,” in The Question of Gender: Engagements with Joan W. Scott's Critical Feminism, edited by Judith Butler and Elizabeth Weed (Indiana University Press, 2011)

     
     “Bangladeshi Civil Society and Islamist Politics” in Political Islam and Governance in Bangladesh, edited by Ali Riaz and Chris Fair (forthcoming)
     
     “Gender and the Figure of the ‘Moderate Muslim’: Feminism in the 21st Century,” in In Terms of Gender, edited by Judith Butler and Elizabeth Weed (Indiana University Press, forthcoming)
     
     “‘Development’ Revisited: A Critical Analysis of the Status of Women in Bangladesh.” Journal of Bangladesh Studies (Dec. 2004) Reprinted in Development Issues in Bangladesh-III, edited by M. Faizul Islam and Syed Saad Andaleeb, (University Press Limited, 2006)
     
     Book reviews
     

    Review of Visible Histories, Disappearing Women: Producing Muslim Womanhood in Late Colonial Bengal by Mahua Sarkar (Duke University Press, 2008), in H-Asia (2011)

     
     Other
     

    Shehabuddin, Elora "?Fatwa: An Overview,?." Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, II (2004)

     
     

    Elora Shehabuddin "Bangladesh in 1998: Democracy on the Ground." Asian Survey, 39 (January/February 1999) : 148-154.

     
     

    Elora Shehabuddin "Bangladesh in 1999: Desperately Seeking?A Responsible Opposition." Asian Survey, 40 (1) (January/February 2000) : 181-188.

     
     

    Elora Shehabuddin "Beware the Bed of Fire: Gender, Democracy, and the Jama?at-i Islami in Bangladesh." Journal of Women?s History, 10 (4) (1999) : 148-171.

     
     

    Elora Shehabuddin "Competing Discourses in Development and Modernity." In Eye to Eye: Women Practicing Development Across Cultures (2001)

     
     

    Elora Shehabuddin "Contesting the Illicit: The Politics of Fatwas in Bangladesh Special Issue." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 24 (4) (1999) : 1011-1044.

     
     

    Elora Shehabuddin "Fatwas." Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (Forthcoming)

     
     

    Elora Shehabuddin "Girls? and Women?s Education in Bangladesh: In Whose Interest? ." Journal of Bangladesh Studies (Under review)

     
    Presentations
     Invited Talks
     

    "Feminism, Nationalism, and Cold War Politics in East Bengal,” Brick Lane Circle 3rd Annual Conference, London.." (April)

     
     

    "“Purdah, Piety, and Progress: Competing Notions of the Modern Woman in Cold War East Bengal," Humboldt University, Berlin
    ." (May)

     
     

    "“Modernizing Muslim Women: Local and Global Negotiations with Development Discourses in Late 20th-century East Bengal,”  Duke University
    ." (March)

     
     

    “Rokeya Redux: Feminism, Empire, and Muslim Women,” Sawyer Seminar on “Framing Women’s Rights: Globalization and Political Discourse,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, September.

     
     

    "Gender and the Figure of the ‘Moderate Muslim’: Feminism in the 21st Century." The Faces of Contemporary Islam: Fresh Perspectives on Theory, Practice, and Foreign Policy” Conference, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Washington DC. (November 2008)

     
     

    "Enounters with Islam." COME AND LEARN SERIES, CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL, Houston, TX. (February and March 2006)

     
     

    "WOMEN AT THE MUSLIM CENTER Islamist Ideals and Democratic Exigencies ." South Asia Initiative, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. (May 12, 2006)

     
     

    "Women at the Muslim Center: Islamist Ideals and Democratic Exigencies." ORIENTALISM AND FUNDAMENTALISM IN JEWISH AND ISLAMIC CRITIQUE, Dartmouth College. (January 2006)

     
     

    "Religion, Globalization, and Gender ." RELIGION IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION, New Jersey Project on Inclusive Scholarship, Curriculum, and Teaching, The College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ. (October 2005)

     
     

    "Reshaping the Holy: Muslim Women’s Activism in Bangladesh." Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. (April 2004)

     
     

    "Testing the Limits: Islam, Gender, and Democracy in Bangladesh." BONIUK CENTER INAUGURAL CONFERENCE—TOLERANCE AND ITS LIMITS, Rice University. (September 2005)

     
     

    ""Women?s Souls, Women?s Votes: Gender and Islamic Activism in Bangladesh."." SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles, CA. (April 29, 2004) With n/a

     
     Lectures
     

    "The Jamaat-i Islami’s Pursuit of Women’s Souls and Votes in Bangladesh: A Flexible Islamism?." ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON SOUTH ASIA, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON. (October 2005)

     
     Other
     

    Moderator.  "Crisis in Pakistan: A Panel Discussion." Asia Society, Rice University. (January 2008)

     
     

    "Beware the Bed of Fire: Gender, Democracy and the Jama?at-i Islami in Bangladesh." Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Washington, D.C.. (March 1998)

     
     

    "Construction of Gender, Islam, and the State in Bengal ." South Asia Conference, University of California, Berkeley. (February 1997)

     
     

    "Contesting Development: Women and Education in Rural Bangladesh." Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Washington, D.C.. (August 2000)

     
     

    "Defining the Illicit: The Politics of Adultery in Rural Bangladesh ." 26th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison. (October 1997)

     
     

    "Reshaping the Holy: Gender, Islam, and Democracy in Bangladesh." 30th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison. (October 2001)

     
     Panelist
     

    "WOMEN’S SOULS, WOMEN’S VOTES: GENDER AND ISLAMISM IN BANGLADESH ." ANNUAL MEETING, Association for Asian Studies, San Francisco, CA. (April 2006)

     
     

    Panel chair and discussant.  "Gender and Politics in India." ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MIDWEST POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION, Chicago, IL. (April 2005)

     
     

    Panel discussant.  "Public Space and Globalization." Islam in the Contemporary World:The Fethullah Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice, Boniuk Center, Rice University. (November 2005)

     
     

    Presented paper.  "?Women? Souls, Women?s Votes: Gender and Islamic Activism in Bangladesh,?." ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR ASIAN STUDIES, San Diego, CA. (March 2004) With n/a

     
     

    Presented paper.  "?Women?s Souls, Women?s Votes: Islamic Activism in Bangladesh."." ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION, Chicago, IL. (September 5 2004) With n/a

     
     

    Panel participant.  "Teaching Religion in a Time of War." Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA. (SEptember 2004)

     
     Workshops
     

    "Future Directions and Collaborations." GENDERED INTERSECTIONS: FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP I ISLAMIC AND JUDAIC STUDIES, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. (August 2005)

     
     

    "Women’s Souls, Women’s Votes." WORKSHOP ON ISLAMIC REFORM MOVEMENTS IN SOUTH ASIA, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. (May 2005)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Online . Brill. (2008 - 2008)

     Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Brill. (2011 - 2011)

     Editor for Special Issue, Feminist Economics. Routledge. (2011 - 2011)

     Editor for Special Issue, Feminist Economics. Routledge. (2009 - 2014)

     Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Brill (Netherlands). (2008 - 2008)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Shani Roper, PhD “‘Our Hearts Salute Jamaica!’: The Evolution of Social Welfare Policy and Notions of Citizenship 1920 – 1950.”. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Heba Khan, PhD “Embodied Spirits and Spiritualized Bodies: Exploring ‘Islamic Gnosis’ through the Kitab al-Haft wa al-Azilla (Book of Heptads and Shadows).”. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Sravana Varma, PhD in Religious Studies “In the Tea Light of Tantra: An Ethnographic Study of Kundalini in the Bodies of Women.”. (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Carnegie Scholar 2006-2008, Carnegie Corporation, New York (2006-2008)

     Research Associate, Women's Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School (2004-5)