Faculty Experts - Hibba Abugideiri, Ph.D.

Hibba Abugideiri, Ph.D.

Hibba Abugideiri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History

Area of Expertise:

  • Women in Islam
  • Middle East Gender and Women's Studies
  • Gender Historian


Suspicion and mistrust have marked the post-September 11th "new normal" on both sides of the cultural divide. As an expert in Arab-Islamic culture, especially as it pertains to gender issues, Dr. Abugideiri hopes to correct entrenched misunderstandings and promote progress for Muslim women. Her longstanding scholarly interest in East-West encounters and a commitment to "civilizational bridge-building" has made Abugideiri a regular participant in the U.S. Department of State's speaker programs to address popular misconceptions held by Muslim populations overseas about Islam in America.


  • Ph.D., Georgetown University
  • M.A., Georgetown University
  • B.A., University of Maryland

Selected Publications

  • Abugideiri, Hibba, "Gender and the Making of Modern Medicine in Colonial Egypt", Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Abudgideiri, Hibba, Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck and Esposito, John L., ed., Greenwood Press, 1997.
  • Abugideiri, Hibba, "Out To Work at Home: Egyptian Midwives Blur Public - Privatge Boundaries," Hawwa, Vol. 6, #3 (2008).

Selected Professional Experience

  • Senior Editor, Oxford Dictionary of Islam and Women
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of International Affairs, Qatar University
  • Assistant Professor of History, Honors and Co-Director of Undergraduate Program of International Affairs
  • James T. & Ella Rather Kirk Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Agnes Scott College
  • Professor Gender Studies, St. Lawrence University

Selected Research

  • MEAward, Population Council in Cairo
  • American Research Center in Egypt Fellowship

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