SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Dr Fadia Faqir

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Fadia Faqir
Centre for Gender Studies

Research Associate

Dr Fadia Faqir


Fadia Faqir is the author of Nisanit, Pillar of Salt and My Name is Salma/The Cry of the Dove. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages and published in nineteen countries. The prologue of her fourth novel At the Midnight Kitchen was published in Weber Studies and won their 2009 fiction prize. Her short story 'Under the Cypress Tree' was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2010. Her fifth novel, Willow Trees Don’t Weep, will be published by Quercus Books soon.

East Anglia University awarded her the first PhD in Critical and Creative Writing in the UK. She is a Writing Fellow at St Aidan's College, Durham University, where she teaches creative writing. She is also the founder of the Durham Sanctuary for Women Writers.

She was the director of the MA in Gender Studies – The Arab World at The Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, Durham University. Her academic writings focus on gender, democracy and Islam and violence against women.



  • Violence Against Women in the Arab World
  • Creative Writing and Arts
  • Representation and Post-Colonial Encounters
  • Arab/Muslim Women’s Political Participation
  • Culture and Identity