Professor Karima Laachir is the Director of the ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, and a member of the ANU Gender Institute and the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Professor Laachir works on the cultures and politics of the Middle East with a particular focus on the Arabic-speaking world.

She works on issues related to social and political movements, gender and women’s rights and Muslim diaspora in the West and Australia.

Fields of expertise



Nawal El Saadawi was a fearless voice for Arab women

From the early 1970s onwards, Dr Nawal El Saadawi electrified feminist scholarship in Egypt and the Arabic-speaking region. Her writings on gender-based violence,…

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