- PhD, University of Chicago; MA, University of Chicago; BA, Mount Holyoke College
- Shatha Almutawa is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University. Almutawa’s research interests are Islamic intellectual history, Islamic philosophy, postcolonialism, literary studies of Islamic traditions, and women and gender in Islam. Almutawa has worked on intellectual exchange between Islam and other religions, employing literary, philosophical, and historical methods. Her doctorate dissertation, entitled “Imaginative Cultures and Historic Transformations: Narrative in Rasa’il Ikhwan Al-Safa,” examined philosophical allegories, parables, and tales written in tenth-century Iraq. She is completing work on a critical edition and translation of Epistle 42 of Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa (Oxford University Press / Institute of Isma’ili Studies). She is also beginning work on a new book on Islamic resistance to colonialism. She recently received grants from the American Academy of Religion and the Dr. Philip M. Kayal Fund for Arab American Research to work on a project at the intersection of Islam, modernity, gender, and secularism. She has taught at Willamette University, Qatar University, Bradley University, Cornell College, Lake Forest College and the University of Chicago. She served as Iraq Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA between 2009 and 2011.
RELG-220 Religious Ethics
RELG-486 Topics in Religious Discussion: Islamic Resistance/Colonialism