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Centre for Gender Studies

Dr Samar Habib

PhD (Sydney)


Samr Habib
Centre for Gender Studies

Research Associate

Dr Samar Habib
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Dr Samar Habib received her doctorate from the University of Sydney in 2007 and has since made notable contributions in research on gender and sexuality in Arab and/or Muslim texts and contexts. Her books include: Female Homosexuality in the Middle East (London, New York: Routledge, 2007 & 2009); Islam and Homosexuality (Oxford, Denver, Santa Barbara: Praeger 2010), I Am You (Youngstown: Cambria, 2008); and Arabo-Islamic Texts on Female Homosexuality (New York: Teneo, 2008). Her second novel, Rughum & Najda, was published by West Hollywood publisher, Oracle Releasing, in March 2012. The novel is a ficto-historical narrative of same-sex love between women in ninth century Baghdad. She has several published and forthcoming journal articles and book chapters and has delivered and forthcoming public lectures in Turkey, the UK, Canada, the US, Palestine and France. 

Dr Habib is the co-founder and General Editor of Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship, co-founder and publisher of African Nebula and an editorial board member of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature

Dr Habib is currently interested in research on gender and sexual minority counter cultures in the Arab world.