Hadia Mubarak

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Hadia Mubarak


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Hadia Mubarak is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Queens University of Charlotte. She previously served as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Guilford College and as a Research Fellow at New York University-Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). Her forthcoming book, Rebellious Wives, Neglectful Husbands: Controversies in Modern Qurʾanic Commentaries (Oxford University Press, March 2020), explores significant shifts in modern Qurʾanic commentaries on the subject of women against the backdrop of broader historical, intellectual and political developments in twentieth-century North Africa. Mubarak completed her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Georgetown University, where she specialized in modern and classical Qurʾanic exegesis, Islamic feminism, and gender reform in the modern Muslim world. She currently serves as a scholar-in-residence with the Muslim Community Center of Charlotte (MCC) . 

Mubarak’s publications include, among others, “Women’s Contemporary Readings of the Qur’an” in The Routledge Companion to the Qur’an (Routledge, 2021), ed. George Archer, Maria M. Dakake, Daniel A. Madigan; “Violent, Oppressed and Un-American: Muslim Women in the American Imagination” in The Personal is Political, ed. Christine Davis and Jon Crane (Brill, 2020); “Gender and Qurʾanic Exegesis” in The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Gender, ed. Justine Howe (Brill, 2020); “Change Through Continuity: A Case Study of Q. 4:34 in Ibn ʿĀshūr’s Al-Tarīr wa-l-Tanwīr” (Journal of Qurʾanic Studies 20.1 February 2018); “Breaking the Interpretive Monopoly: A Re-Examination of Verse 4:34” (Hawwa 2.3); and “Crossroads,” I Speak For Myself: American Women on Being Muslim (White Cloud Press, 2011). You can read her work here


BA, Florida State University; MA, PhD, Islamic Studies, Georgetown University

Areas of Expertise

  1. Comparative Religion
  2. Quranic Exegesis
  3. Islamic Feminism
  4. Modernity and the Muslim World
  5. Islamic Studies


Other Work

Podcast: Muslim Youth and the Religious Literacy Gap

“Muslim Marriage Contracts: Female Agency and Autonomy,” Berkley Forum, Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs (December 3, 2014).

“How Muslim Students Negotiate their Religious Identity and Practices in an Undergraduate Setting,” Social Science Research Council, The Religious Engagement of American Undergraduates Series (May 8, 2007). 

My Turn: A Muslim-American on Obama’s Outreach

“Crossroads,” I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim, ed. Maria Ebrahimji and Zahra Suratwala (Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press, 2011), 65–70.

“Appendix: Analysis of the Questionnaires,” Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2007), 275–85.

“Young and Muslim in Post 9/11 America,” The Brandywine Review of Faith & International Affairs 3, no. 2 (Fall 2005): 41–43.

“Breaking the Interpretive Monopoly: A Re-Examination of Verse 4:34,” Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and Islamic World 2, no. 3 (2004): 261–89.

“Blurring the Lines Between Faith and Culture,” America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals, 5th ed., ed. Robert Atwan (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003).

Contributed multiple entries to The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, Oxford Islamic Studies Online on subjects such as marriage and divorce, ʿurf, veiling, ʿAmr Khaled, khutba, and others.

Over 100 additional articles in The Washington Post’s On Faith forum, Tallahassee Democrat, News Herald and FSView & Florida Flambeau.

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