Faculty Bio

AHMED E. SOUAIAIA (pron. sway-`IYYA)

Joint appointments in International Studies, Religious Studies, History, & College of Law; University of Iowa

Dr. SOUAIAIA has taught a broad range of topics including courses on Islamic law, human rights, Islamic political thought, women and gender, Islamic economics, and Islamic philosophy.

Prof. Souaiaia has been with the University of Iowa since 2003.  His primary research areas of interest include human rights, comparative law, social justice, legal and political dissent, and religion and politics in modern and pre-modern Islamic societies.

Prof. Souaiaia is the author of several books including Human Rights in Islamic Societies: Muslims and the Western Conception of Rights (Routledge, 2021), Anatomy of Dissent in Islamic Societies: Ibadism, Rebellion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and Legitimacy and Contesting Justice: Women, Islam, Law, and Society (SUNY, 2008). He has published articles in refereed journals including the Journal of Law and Religion, Muslim World Journal, Journal of Women in the Middle East and the Islamic World, and Muslim World Journal of Human Rights. His commentaries and columns appeared in Asia Times, Eurasia Review, Monthly Review, Open Democracy Foundation for the Advancement of Global Education, Foreign Policy In Focus, Inter Disciplinary Journal of Asian-Middle Eastern Studies and other regional and international media. His comments and essays appeared in Press-Citizen, Des Moines Register, Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, Monthly Review, NPR, Reuters, AlKhaleej, Business International Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and BBC World Service. He is also the founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Multidisciplinary Studies and founder and General Editor of the monograph series Routledge Studies in Islam and Human Rights.

Prof. Souaiaia was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship, Dean’s Scholar Award, and a number of other awards.  Professor Souaiaia has testified and/or written briefs for a number of legal cases in U.S. courts.

Dr. Souaiaia received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle.

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