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  • Scholars Database
  • Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC)
    Scholars Database

    Suad Joseph
    General Editor, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures
    Director, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program
    University of California, Davis
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    The expert’s database based on the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC) Scholars Database has been published as an online resource for free public access (funded by the International Development Research Center). The EWIC Scholars Database is a listing of over 3,000 scholars from all over the world and from all disciplines whose work focuses on a wide range of issues (economic, social, political, religious, artistic, etc.) relevant to women in Muslim majority societies and to Muslim women in Muslim minority societies. Scheduled to be up on the web by June 2006, the database will connect scholars, students, planners, and activists with each other and with NGO’s, governmental agencies, and potential employers. The online database will continue to be used for author solicitation for print and online volumes of EWIC. We encourage you to pass this information along to others, especially graduate students, who may wish to contribute to EWIC or to be included in the database. We invite you to join us in this important project.

    To participate, please complete our EWIC Scholars Template at:


  • Arab Families Working Group
About AFWG

The Arab Families Working Group (AFWG) is a collective of fifteen scholars from universities, NGOs and research foundations whose work focuses on youth and families in Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt and their diasporas. Founded in 2001, AFWG is committed to advancing the state of empirical and theoretical knowledge on Arab families and articulating research processes and outcomes with practitioners and policy makers. AFWG projects include comparative, transnational, interdisciplinary, and collaborative work on the three countries and diasporic Arab families in the United States and Canada.

AFWG is co-hosted at The American University in Cairo (Egypt) and the University of California, Davis (USA). An institutional network has contributed to the work of AFWG, including the American University in Cairo (Social Research Center and Institute for Gender and Women's Studies); the Population Council, Cairo; the Lebanese American University, Beirut (Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World); Birzeit University, West Bank (Institute of Women's Studies); and the University of California, Davis (Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, and Middle East/South Asia Studies).

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