Fadwa El Guindi
Who Is She
Professor of Anthropology
Fadwa El Guindi
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Contact information / Work
PhD, Anthropology, University of Texas - Austin, 1972.
BA, Political Science, American University in Cairo, 1960.
Arab Gulf Culture and Society
Islam and Islamic Movements
Visual Field Methods
Settled Pastoral Nomadism
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Qatar University, 2006-2012.
Visiting Professor of Anthropology, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 2004-2005.
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Southern California, 1982-2004.
Retired Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA), 1981-present.
Honorary office and memberships:
Member, International Advisory Board, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2012-2015.
Member, Program Committee, Middle East Studies Association, 2001.
Member, Editorial Board, Visual Anthropology Review, 1999-present.
Member, Editorial Board, Field Methods (Journal by Altamira, Sage Publications) 1999-present.
Productions and works:
She has more than eighty publications; either visual, printed books, or printed research articles.
Ghurbal, 30-minute 16mm. color, funded by a Grant from the Smithsonian Institution. (Egyptian Ceremonial Crafts Series 1). El Nil Research, 1995.
By Noon Prayer: The Rhythm of Islam. Berg Publishers, 2008.
Veil: Modesty, Privacy, Resistance. Berg Publishers, 1999.
The Myth of Ritual: A Native's Ethnography of Zapotec Life-Crisis Rituals. Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona Press, 1986.
Innovated the methodology of “native ethnography”.
Widely consulted by the US media on issues of Arab and Islamic culture.
Invited frequently in the US and abroad to give public lectures.
Qatar University Award for Research Excellence, 2011-2012.
Finalist, Katherine Briggs Folklore Award, for book Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance, November 2000.
Grand Prize, Best Ethnographic Film on Arab-Islamic Culture, International Mediterranean Festival for Visual Anthropology, Palermo, Sicily, November 1989.
Fulbright Islamic Civilization Senior Scholar, 1981-1982.