Dr Zahra Ali

Dr Zahra Ali

Conflict Research Fellow

Middle East Centre

Arabic, English
Key Expertise
Middle East

About me

Zahra is a Conflict Research Fellow at the Conflict Research Programme – Iraq (CRP–Iraq). She is a sociologist whose most recent book, Women and Gender in Iraq: Between Nation-building and Fragmentation (Cambridge University Press, 2018) is a study of Iraqi women’s social, political activism and feminisms through an in-depth ethnography of post-2003 Iraqi women’s rights organisations.

For the CRP–Iraq her research project is entitled "Building Peace and Recovering from Violence: Iraqi Civil Society Activisms", a sociological exploration of women, youth, grassroots and diverse forms of social and civil society activisms in Iraq. Ali develops a transnational feminist theoretical perspective through an in-depth analysis of the political economy of militarism and ethnosectarianism, especially in the context following the Islamic State's invasion in June 2014.

Expertise Details

Gender; Islam; Conflict; Iraq; Women's Activism