Lila Abu-Lughod

Lila Abu-Lughod

Research Interests

Research Concentrations

Feminist Anthropology, Ethnographic, Writing and Representation, Culture and Sentiment, Media and Nationalism, Political Violence and Memory, Liberalism and Rights Discourse, Islamophobia and Modes of Governance, Museums


Muslim World, Middle East; Egypt, Palestine


Abu-Lughod’s work, strongly ethnographic and mostly based in Egypt, has focused on three broad issues: the relationship between cultural forms and power; the politics of knowledge and representation; and the dynamics of women’s and human rights, global liberalism, and feminist governance of the Muslim world. Current research focuses on museum politics in Palestine and other settler colonies, security discourses and Islamophobia, and religion in the global governance of gender violence.


Harvard University, PhD, 1984
Harvard University, MA, 1978
Carleton College, BA, 1974

2016. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society. Berkeley: University of California Press.

2013. Do Muslim Women Need Saving? Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

2009. Coeditor with Ahmad Sa’di. Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory. New York: Columbia University Press.

2008. Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories. Berkeley: University of California Press.

2005. Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 

1998. Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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