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read - An Interview with Prof. Dr. Fadwa El Guindi » Fadwa El Guindi is an Egyptian born Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Head of Department of Social Sciences at Qatar University, Doha. She is also a highly respected academic in the field of anthropology and has published several groundbreaking pieces of literature on the subject.
El Guindi graduated from the American University in Cairo with a degree in Political Science. She later moved to America and completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology from The University of Texas, Austin in 1972. She continued working in America and has served on the anthropology faculties at The University of California at Los Angeles, The University of California at Santa Barbara, The University of Southern California and Georgetown University. Her research and teaching interests include Nubia, Mexico, Egypt, Islam, Arab and Muslim America, and at present Khalij (Arab Gulf) society and culture.
Her expertise in the Middle East has afforded her great honours, as she was called on by President Clinton and the U.S. senate to give advice on the Middle East and other regional concerns. She was elected past president of the Middle East Section of the Society for Visual Anthropology at the American Anthropological Association.
Her book, Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance, is classed as an anthropological classic and has been translated into numerous languages. Her most recent book, published in 2008, By Noon Prayer: The Rhythm of Islam, provides a "groundbreaking anthropological analysis of Islam as experienced by Muslims".
She has also experimented in film making receiving acclaim for her works on Arab/Muslim culture. Away from academic filmmaking, in 1986 she appeared in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.