Fida J. Adely

Assistant Professor, Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies, School of Foreign Service

Dr. Fida Adely is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research interests include education in the Arab world, gender and development, gender and labor, and development in the Arab world more broadly.

In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, Dr. Adely has written a book based on her ethnographic research about education in Jordan, entitled Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith and Progress (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Dr. Adely is currently working on a project related to the “marriage crisis” in Jordan, and is working on a book manuscript related to this project tentatively entitled, Making Marriages: Love, Labor and Gendered Transformations in Jordan. She has also recently published an article entitled “The Emergence of a New Labor Movement in Jordan” in theMiddle East Report, and is interested in Jordanian citizens’ participation in such movements and the effects of such participation on forms of identification.

Other selected publications include “God Made Beautiful Things” in American Ethnologist (2012); “Educating Women for Development” in International Journal for Middle East Studies (2009); and, “Is Music Haram?” in Teacher’s College Record (2007).