CV of Dr. Ahmed E. Souaiaia

Ahmed E. Souaiaia

PhD     University of Washington-Seattle, 2002

MA      University of Washington-Seattle, 1996

BA       University of Washington-Seattle, 1995

Professional Appointments

2013 –         Associate Professor, History, University of Iowa

2011 –          Associate Professor, International Studies, University of Iowa

2009 –        Associate Professor, College of Law, University of Iowa

2009 –        Associate Professor, Religious Studies, University of Iowa

2007 – 08 Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, University of Iowa

Professional Awards and Honors

2017         Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Grant Award

2010         Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award

2009        Dean’s Scholar Award, CLAS, University of Iowa

Professional Service

2017 –      Offered CLE (Continuing legal education) classes to criminal defense lawyers; Cultural Competency Issues in Criminal Defense; Professional Legal Ethics

2011 –       Editor, Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Multidisciplinary Studies

2010 –      Articles reviewer for four scholarly journals, ms. reviewer for five scholarly presses

2003 –     Expert witness; amicus curiae; wrote legal briefs for and testified in national and international court cases

Refereed Scholarship/Creative Work


  • Anatomy of Dissent in Islamic Societies: Ibadism, Rebellion, and Legitimacy. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN: 1137371609; Pages: 250, Year: 2013.
  • Contesting Justice: Women, Islam, Law, and Society. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, ISBN: 079147397X; Pages: 224, Year: 2008.

 Articles and Invited Chapters:

  • Theories and Practices of Islamic Finance and Exchange Laws: Poverty of Interest (International Journal of Business and Social Science, Vol. 5, No. 12; November 2014, pp 34-52 (19).
  • She’s Upright: Sexuality and Obscenity in Islam, Brill Academic Publishers: Hawwa: Journal of Women in the Middle East and the Islamic World, Volume 5, Numbers 2-3, 2007, pp. 262-288 (27).
  • Politics of Appearances: Religion, Law, and the Press in Morocco (Journal article, Muslim World Journal of Human Rights: vol. 4: no. 2, September 2007), pp. 1-22.
  • On the Sources of Islamic Tradition and Practices (Journal article, Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 20, 2005), pp. 101-125.
  • Gender and Sexuality in Judaism and Islam, The Library of Essays on Sexuality and Religionseries; Edited by Stephen Hunt (Surrey (UK): Ashgate Publishing Group, 2010), pp. 33.
  • Women as Leaders in Islam, in, Gender and Women’s Leadership; Edited by Karen O’Connor (Newbury Park: SAGE, 2010), pp. 27.

 Recent External Research Funding

  • The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) grant award, in Partnership with Hancher, a three-year long Islamic arts teaching and performances program, 2016 –19; $204,000.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum Initiative, in collaboration with the University of Michigan, 2014 -19; $104,000 benefit to U of Iowa, $5 million for consortium from Big Ten Alliance.
  • Provost’s Global Forum Award; Stanley Foundation’s Award, International Programs, University of Iowa, 2014-15; $27,500.
  • Building Bridges Grant: Performing Arts in Islamic Societies; Raised funds and organized a program to host the international musical group, Niyaz, for lectures, workshop, and a concert; May 6-9, 2014; $14,800.

 Teaching Areas/Specialized Courses

Islamic Law and Legal History (Comparative Islamic Law (Law Seminar)); Modern Islamic Thought and Institutions (Economics and Islam (undergrad. Course)); Human Right (Approaches to Human Rights (Grad. Seminar), Human Rights, Law, Religion, & Culture (undergrad. course)



  • RS Honors Advisor, Honors at IOWA, University of Iowa, 2010-17
  • Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Iowa; Fall 2011.


  • Committee Member, CLAS Scholarship Committee, July 2017 – June 2020.
  • Faculty Liaison, Virtual Islamic Studies Curriculum, Project administered by University of Michigan (awardee of the Mellon Grant for Islamic Studies), involving most of Big Ten CIC institutions; 2014-17.
  • ISBA Track Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; 2014-17.
  • International Studies Advisory Board, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; 2013-16.
  • Arabic Search Committee, French and Italian department, 2013.

New Faculty Orientation, invited by CLAS Dean’s office, 2006-18.

  • Drafted proposal for a Major in Middle Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Division of World Languages, Cultures, and Literatures; Spring 2013.


  • Faculty Senate, Judicial Commission, 2016-19.
  • Reviewer for International Programs’ Provost’s Global Forum, 2015.
  • International Programs Funding Committee, 2014-15.
  • Distance Education Working Group, 2014-15.
  • Reviewer for the International Programs’ Stanley Graduate Award, 2014-15.
  • Fulbright Intensive Workshop; January 31, 2014.
  • Reviewer for International Programs’ Stanley Undergraduate Award, 2013-14.
  • Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Committee for Review of Internal Funding Initiatives (IFI), 2013-16.
  • Faculty Senate, Judicial Commission, 2013-2016.
  • Faculty Senate, Committee on Rules and Bylaws, 2013-2016.