Sohaira Zahid Siddiqui


Assistant Professor at SFS-Qatar


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Sohaira Siddiqui is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. In 2014, she received her doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara, where she wrote her dissertation on the legal and political thought of the 11th century jurist and theologian Abu Ma'ali al-Juwayni. Her research interests include classical Islamic legal theory (usul ul-fiqh), classical Islamic political thought, the development and intersection of legal thought and political thought from the 9th to 11th centuries, and secularism and modernity in relation to Islamic law and Muslims in the West. She has previously taught Islam, Islamic Law, Gender and the Modern Muslim World at the University of Saskatchewan

She is currently working on her first monograph on the thought of al-Juwayni, and series of shorter articles on comparative Islamic political thought in the 11th century, scholarly connections and mechanisms of critique in the medieval period, and modern arguments for legal reform. She is also editing a forthcoming volume with Palgrave MacMillan entitled Locating the Shari'a: Legal Fluidity in Theory, History and Practice.