Hibba Abugideiri is an Associate Professor of History and former Director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at Villanova University. Before coming to Villanova, she was Assistant Professor of History, Honors and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She received her doctorate in history from Georgetown University, where she also completed a Master’s degree in Arab Studies. As a gender historian, her research interests are varied. Her book, Gender and the Making of Modern Medicine in Colonial Egypt, examines the impact of colonial medicine on Egyptian gender relations. She has also published extensively on issues of women in Islam, including an article in Religion and Literature, Faith and Feminism, The Daughters of Abraham and The Muslim World. She is a senior editor of the The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women.