Dr. Khattak studied an MA Education (Brunel University London) and doctorate (Gender, Islam and Education) from Middlesex University London. Her doctoral dissertation explored feminist’s theories with special reference to gender issues in higher education in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (her native province), Pakistan. Dr. Khattak immensely researched about; gender, culture and religious discourses, feminism (particularly Islamic feminism), higher education, women’s studies and social justice. She is currently writing her second book about the Pukhtun women’s voices that have been often neglected in academic publications and their struggle for empowerment and emancipation through education in Pukhunkhwa.
Shabana preferred to be called “Miss Shamaas Gul Khattak” because of her great feminist father (Shamaas Gul Khattak, her first love and strength), who supported her against the patriarchal culture of her land.
Miss Shamaas Gul Khattak’s first language is Pushtu/Pukhtu; she speaks and writes it fluently.