Aysha Hidayatullah is Associate Professor of Islamic studies and teaches undergraduate courses on Islam, gender, race, and ethics. She received her MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her BA in Women’s Studies from Emory University. She began teaching at the University of San Francisco in 2008.
Her research interests include feminist exegesis of the Qur’an; representations of women in early Islamic history; constructions of femininity and masculinity in the Islamic tradition; feminist methodologies in the study of Islam; racial imaginaries of U.S. Islam; popular discourses on Muslim women in the U.S.; and the pedagogy of Islamic studies.
Her first book, Feminist Edges of the Qur’an (Oxford University Press), examines and critically responds to the emerging body of Muslim feminist scholarship on the Qur’an in the United States. She serves as Co-Chair for the Islam, Gender, Women Group of the American Academy of Religion.