Kecia Ali

 Kecia Ali
Address1 Silber Way
Boston, MA 2215

Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Boston University School of Theology

Ph.D., Religion from Duke University,

An Assistant Professor of Religion, Kecia Ali received her Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University, where she was the recipient of the James B. Duke fellowship, in 2002. Her specialization was Islamic Studies. Prior to beginning her studies at Duke, she completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University.From 2001 to 2003, Ali worked as a research analyst for the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project at Brandeis University. Her recent book published in 2006, grew out of her work with this Ford Foundation initiative.In 2003-2004, Ali was a research associate in Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program. From 2004-2006, she held a Florence Levy Kay postdoctoral fellowship in Islamic Studies and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University.Her research interests center on Islamic religious texts, especially jurisprudence, and women in both classical and contemporary Muslim discourses. Her main research focuses on the ninth century, and in addition to her current book in progress, Marriage, Gender, and Ownership in Early Islamic Jurisprudence, she is also working on a biography of the jurist al-Shafi‘i. She has served on the Steering Committee member for the Study of Islam Section of the American Academy of Religion since 2003, and as a member of the Steering Committee for the newly formed Consultation on Religion and Sexuality since 2004.

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