Islamic Scholar and Consultant
Dr. Amina Wadud is a visiting scholar at the Starr King School for the Ministry in California and a visiting consultant on Islam and gender at the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism in Indonesia. Dr. Wadud achieved full Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. USA, before taking early retirement. She is the author of several books, including Inside the Gender Jihad (Oneworld Publisher, 2006), and Qur’an and Woman (Oxford University Press, 1999), now available in 7 translations. A core member of Sisters in Islam, Malaysia since 1989, Dr. Wadud contributed the theological basis for the organization in its earliest stages of development. She continues to combine academia and activism; progressive Islam and spirituality in her work. In the fall of 2009, Dr. Wadud will teach Islam, gender and human rights at the Center for Religious and Cross Cultural Studies at Gadjah Mada University, in Yogyakarta. The following spring (2010) she will teach an intensive workshop at University of Melbourne, Australia. She continues to travel extensively providing consultation on areas related to Islam and Pluralism and is an expert on the theology of Islam and gender equality. She is doing research on knowledge production and gender in Islam.