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Areas of Expertise
Gender and feminist studies; Islam and Muslim societies; transnationalism and globalization; migration and diaspora studies; tourism studies; political economy; Middle East and South Asia studies
Dr. Attiya Ahmad is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at The George Washington University (Washington DC, USA). Broadly conceived, her research focuses on the gendered interrelation of Islamic reform movements and political economic processes spanning the Middle East and South Asia, in particular the greater Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean regions. Dr. Ahmad is currently working on a project focusing on the development of global halal tourism networks. She is the author of Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work, and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait (Duke Press, 2017), and is on the editorial boards of Feminist Studies, The Journal of Middle East Women's Studies and Anthropological Quarterly.
2017. Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
2017. Ahmad, A "Are They Married?:Muslim Marriages and the Interrelationship Between Transnationalism and Ethnonationalism in the Gulf," Journal of Middle East Womens' Studies 13 (1): 3-24.
2013 Navarro, T., B. Williams, and A. Ahmad. "Sitting at the kitchen table: Fieldnotes from women of color in anthropology," Cultural Anthropology 28(3): 443-463.
2012 Ahmad, A. “Labour’s limits: Foreign residents in the Gulf.” In M. Kamrav and Z. Babar, eds., Migrant Labor in the Persian Gulf. New York: Columbia University Press.
2012 Ahmad, A. “Cosmopolitan Islam in a diasporic space: Foreign resident Muslim women’s halaqa in Kuwait.” In F. Osella and C. Osella, eds., Islamic Reform in South Asia. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
2010 Ahmad, A. “Explanation is not the point: South Asian migrant domestic workers' newfound Islamic pieties in Kuwait,” Asian and Pacific Journal of Anthropology 11(3-4): 293-310. Reprinted in P. Werbner and M. Johnson, eds., Diasporic Encounters, Sacred Journeys: Ritual, Normativity and the Religious Imagination among International Asian Migrant Women. Routledge, 2011.
2009 Ahmad, A. “Transnational actors and state stirrings: Kuwait’s migrant domestic work sector.” In Migration and the Gulf. Washington, DC: Middle East Institute.
ACLS/LUCE Fellowship in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs, In Residence at the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, Columbia University (New York, USA), 2017-2018
Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University (Palo Alto, USA), 2014-2015
Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey), 2015
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University (Doha, Qatar), 2009-2010