Amina Wadud, PhD
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
PhD, U of Michigan
Phone - 804.827.3406
Fax - 804.828.0127
Office - Lafayette Hall, Rm. 210
312 N. Shafer St.
Richmond, VA 23220
Dr. Wadud joined the Religious Studies Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992, directly from the International Islamic University in Malaysia. She made the adjustment to teaching general religious studies classes with one or two opportunities to teach directly in her own area of specialty: Islamic Studies. Dr. Wadud’s particular sub-disciplines are Gender and Qur’anic Studies. Since then more opportunities to develop Islamic Studies courses have presented themselves, and within the School of World Studies, she was asked to create an Islamic Studies minor due to start in the Fall 2005. Her involvement with Islamic studies started with her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan which included an opportunity for intensive advanced Arabic studies component at American University in Cairo, where she also took classes at Cairo University and Al-Azhar University.
Her first book: Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective became a world-wide phenomenon. By matching her scholarship with the most recent advances in Modern Islamic studies and movements, Dr. Wadud’s approach is both interactive and active. Consequently, she has been an invited speaker, teacher and consultant within the United States, including Hawaii, as well as in Jordan, South and Southern Africa, Nigeria, Kenya,
Pakistan, Indonesia, Canada, Norway, Netherlands, Sarajevo, and Malaysia.