As a free-lance academic, when I am invited to teach I have the luxury of being able to offer courses on topics that are closely related to my own interests, that I am passionately involved in, and that want to study in greater depth myself. I have taught at anthropology, sociology and law departments in various countries; between 1990 and 1998 I contributed regularly to teaching in Cambridge, and since 2000 I have taught with colleagues in Law at SOAS. My most sustained period of teaching was at the Law School, New York University, where I was a Global Visiting Professor for a semester every other year between 2002 and 2008, designing and teaching three different courses.
I have also helped design and teach a number of short training courses on ‘Islam from a Rights Perspective’, which are intended to enable women’s rights activists from different countries to understand Muslim legal tradition, not to be silenced by those who claim religious authority on questionable grounds, and to be able to challenge patriarchal and unjust interpretations from within the tradition. Currently, I am working closely with Musawah, developing and conducting further short courses to insert women’s voices and concerns into the process of law making, and to honour ‘women’s ways of knowing’.
Courses, Seminars and Workshop
2010: Salzburg Global Seminar, Faculty for Session 475: ‘Common Ground Project: Islamic and International Law.
2010: Training workshop on ‘Muslim Family Law: A Women’s Rights Perspective’, Cairo, organized by GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, now GIZ, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) for partner NGOs.
2009- : Agha Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilization (London), regular contributor to course on Law in Muslim Contexts.
2008- : Regular contributor to Professor Mashood Badrin’s course on Islam and Human Rights, School of Law, SOAS
2008: Salzburg Global Seminar, Faculty for Session 457: ‘Islamic and International Law: Searching for Common Ground’.
2008: Training workshop on ‘Gender, Islam and Advocacy’ organized by Muslim Women’s Network UK, in Leicester.
2007: (as Visiting Professor, Law School, National University of Singapore): courses on Legal Anthropology: How Culture Shapes Law; Islamic Law and Human Rights
2006 & 2009: Short Courses on Understanding Islam from a Rights Perspective, organized by Sisters in Islam (Kuala Lumpur).
2004: Research Course at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, on theme ‘Muslims and Divorce: Between Sharia and Human Rights?’
2004: Advanced Training Course for Social Agents of Change in Human Rights Advocacy & The Family, in Zahle, Lebanon, organized by Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM, Netherlands) as part of Rights At Home project.
2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 (as Hauser Visiting Professor, Global Law Program, Law School, New York University): semester courses on Gender Issues in Islamic Law; Legal Anthropology: How Culture Shapes Law; Islamic Law and Human Rights.
2000-: Regularly involved as resource-person for training courses in different countries, for women’s rights activists and Muslim women leaders to enable them to argue for legal reform within Islamic tradition and framework.
2000-: Regular contributor to Professor Lynn Welchman’s course on Law and Society in the Middle East and North Africa, School of Law, SOAS.
1991-96: Lectured on the Sociology of the Middle East for courses organized by Board of Continuing Education, Cambridge.
1986-99: Regular teaching of courses and supervision of students in Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge.