Maribel Fierro received her doctorate degree at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, where she served as Associate Professor at the Department of Arabic Studies Faculty of Philology. She has served as a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago, a Herodotus Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and as a Researcher at CSIC. Dr. Fierro currently serves as a Research Professor in the history of Islam and Islamic Law at the Spanish National Research Council’s humanities branch in Madrid, Spain.
Fierro's research topic at ILSP will be "The Judges of al-Andalus: Prosopography, Practices, Priorities and Predicaments." She will be a Senior Scholar at ILSP January–July 2017.
Sohaira Siddiqui Policy Fellow
Professor Sohaira Siddiqui joins ILSP: SHARIAsource as a Policy Fellow for the spring 2017 semester. She is currently Assistant Professor of Theology and Islamic Studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar. Professor Siddiqui's research focuses on how Islamic jurisprudence impacts how jurists understand the relationship between law, politics, and society. While with SHARIAsource, she will look at, in part, how Islamic law is codified in a variety of global locations and the rise of Islamic constitutionalism. For more information on Professor Siddiqui's research go to http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/szs8/.
Salma Waheedi Visiting Fellow, Law and Social Change
Salma Waheedi is an attorney who specializes in international human rights law, Islamic law, gender justice, family law, comparative constitutional law, and refugee and asylum law.
Salma Waheedi received her JD from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She has served as a fellow at the Transnational Development Project at Yale Law School and as a visiting fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she focused on Islamic constitutional design, constitutional reform in Arab Gulf countries, and prospects of family law reform in Muslim countries. She practiced law as part of Baker and McKenzie’s International Commercial Group and served as a consultant to various government and non-government organizations in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh on economic and social development projects. Waheedi holds an MA in International Law and Government from Georgetown University, an MA in Comparative Middle East Politics from the American University, and a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Before entering the legal profession, Salma worked in her native country Bahrain as Economic Planning and Development Director at Bahrain’s Economic Development Board. In that role, she managed economic reform projects and advised government organizations on a wide range of economic policies and government sector reform initiatives. She also served as a strategy consultant to various government and non-government organizations and corporations in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Bangladesh on economic and social development projects.
While at ILSP: Law and Social Change, Waheedi is exploring interfaith family relations in Islamic jurisprudence. She will be in residence at ILSP May 2016–August 2017. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Salma also held a joint appointment with the International Human Rights Clinic, where she was a Clinical Advocacy Fellow.