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Souad Ali ASU CAIS Director  Dr. Souad T. Ali, Founding Chair

Dr. Souad T. Ali is Chair of the ASU Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies; Director of Arabic Studies; Associate Professor of Arabic Literature and Middle East/Islamic Studies; and Head of Classics and Middle East Studies in the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC). She is simultaneously an Affiliate Faculty in the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Women and Gender Studies, African and African-American Studies, and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

A Fulbright Scholar, Professor Ali is the author of A Religion, Not A State: Ali ‘Abd al-Raziq’s Islamic Justification of Political Secularism (University of Utah Press 2009) that reached the top of Amazon’s List for “Bestselling New and Future Releases in Turkey” when it was released. Her second book, The Road to Two Sudans, an edited volume of which she is the lead editor, has been published internationally by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2014) and reached the top of Amazon's List for "Bestselling New and Future Releases" in Sudan History and North African History. Dr. Ali’s third book in progress is Kuwaiti Women in Leadership Positions. Additional international publications include several of Dr. Ali’s scholarly articles which have been translated into different languages.

Professor Ali's research interests cover a wide area including Arabic Literature, women and gender in Islam, Classical Islamic Texts, Islam and Secularism, Islamic Law; Sufism, Islam and Democracy, Islam and modernity, Quranic and Hadith Studies, feminist movements in Islam and the Middle East, Arab and Arab-American women, the emergent scholarship of Muslim-American women scholars, Sudanese women and Sudanese politics.

Dr. Ali is a Board Member and Arizona Representative, as well as the past- President, of the of the American Academy of Religion/Western Region (AAR/WR).  She also represents ASU on the Governing Board of the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. In addition, she serves as Executive Committee Member of the International Association of Intercultural Studies (IAIS), Cairo, Egypt and Bremen Germany. She is also a Board Member of the Sudan Studies Association of North America and has been unanimously elected as President-Elect.

Professor Ali received a B.A. with distinction from the University of Khartoum and the Polytechnic of North London, a Masters with distinction from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. with honors from the University of Utah (2004) where she studied under Dr. Bernard G. WeissLearn more.

 

Affiliate Faculty

Hassan AjamiInstructorArabic - Classics and Middle Eastern Faculty,
School of International Letters and Cultures,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Stephen BataldenProfessor,
Director 
History Faculty
School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Linell CadyFounding Director,
Professor
Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict
Religious Studies Faculty,
School of Historical, Philosophical, and  Religious Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
John CarlsonAssociate Director, Associate ProfessorCenter for the Study of Religion and Conflict, 
Religious Studies Faculty,
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Eugene ClayAssociate ProfessorReligious Studies Faculty,
School of Historical, Philosophical, and  Religious Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Chouki El HamelProfessor History Faculty,
School of Historical, Philosophical, and  Religious Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mary Margaret FonowProfessor,
Founding Director
Women and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Social Transformation 
Abdullahi GallabAssociate ProfessorAfrican and African American Studies,
School of Social Transformation,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Nasrin Ghavamishirazi Faculty AssociateFarsi/Persian - Classics and Middle Eastern Faculty,
School of International Letters and Cultures,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Chad HainesAssistant ProfessorReligious Studies Faculty and Global Studies,
School of Historical, Philosophical, and  Religious Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hind HaniaInstructorArabic - Classics and Middle Eastern Faculty,
School of International Letters and Cultures,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Agnes Kefeli ClayMulti Year Senior LecturerReligious Studies Faculty,
School of Historical, Philosophical, and  Religious Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sally KitchFounding Director,
Regents' Professor,
Distinguished Sustainability Scientist
Institute for Humanities Research,
Women's and Gender Studies, School of Social Transformation
Wrigley Institute for Sustainability
Ann KoblitzProfessorWomen and Gender Studies,
School of Social Transformation,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mirna LattoufPrincipal LecturerLanguages and Cultures: Humanities
College of Letters and Sciences
Neal LesterFoundation Professor,
Director, Project Humanities
Department of English,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Miral MahgoubAssociate ProfessorArabic - Classics and Middle Eastern Faculty,
School of International Letters and Cultures,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Neimeh MousaLecturerArabic - Classics and Middle Eastern Faculty,
School of International Letters and Cultures,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Ileana OrlichPresident's ProfessorRomanian - Classics and Middle Eastern Faculty,
School of International Letters and Cultures,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Mary Jane ParmentierClinical Associate Professor Global Technology and Development program, 
School for the Future of Innovation and Society
Angelita ReyesProfessorAfrican and African American Studies,
School of Social Transformation,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sarah RishaLecturerArabic - Classics and Middle Eastern Faculty,
School of International Letters and Cultures,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Daniel RothenbergProfessor of Practice (FSC),
Co-Director,
Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and International Human Rights Law
School of Politics and Global Studies,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Center for the Future of War,
Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics
Yasmin SaikiaHardt-Nickachos Chair,
Professor 
Peace Studies, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict,
History Faculty, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Judith ShemerMulti Year LecturerHebrew - Classics and Middle Eastern Faculty,
School of International Letters and Cultures,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Peter SuwarnoAssociate ProfessorIndonesian Faculty,
School of International Letters and Cultures,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Shahla TalebiAssociate ProfessorReligious Studies Faculty,
School of Historical, Philosophical, and  Religious Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Cynthia TompkinsProfessor Spanish Faculty,
School of International Letters and Cultures,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Desi UthmanAssociate ProfessorAfrican and African American Studies,
School of Social Transformation,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Administrative Support

Both CLAS and SILC provide administrative support to the Council. CAIS is a council of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). SILC is a school of CLAS.

Administration, ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Administration & Faculty Heads, ASU School of International Letters and Cultures