Asian Studies — Middle Eastern Studies — Theology and Religious Studies
Aysha  Hidayatullah

Aysha Hidayatullah

Assistant Professor

Aysha Hidayatullah is Assistant Professor of Islamic studies and teaches undergraduate courses on Islam, gender, race, and ethics. She received her M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned her B.A. in Women's Studies in 2001 from Emory University, where she also served as the university's first Muslim Religious Advisor to the Office of the Dean of the Chapel & Religious Life from 2006 to 2008. She began teaching at the University of San Francisco in 2008.

Her research interests include feminist exegesis of the Qur'an; representations of women in early Islamic history; constructions of femininity and masculinity in various aspects of the Islamic tradition; feminist methodologies in the study of Islam; racial imaginaries of U.S. Islam; popular discourse on Muslim women in the U.S.; and the pedagogy of Islamic studies.

Her first book, Feminist Edges of the Qur'an (Oxford University Press), examines and critically responds to the emerging body of Muslim feminist scholarship on the Qur'an in the United States.


Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2009
M.A., Religious Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2005

Research Areas

Gender in Islam
Feminist exegesis of the Qur'an
Islam and race in America

Courses Offered
  • THRS 373: Introduction to Islam
  • THRS 210: Introduction to the Qur'an
  • THRS 280: Migrant & Diaspora Religions-Islam in America
  • THRS 390: Religious Ethics-Islamic Feminist Ethics
  • Feminist Edges of the Qur'an, Oxford University Press, 2014 (
  • "'Speaking for Ourselves': American Muslim Women's Confessional Writings and the Problem of Alterity," with Taymiya Zaman, Journal for Islamic Studies, Vol. 33 (Works examined: Love, InshAllah; I Speak for Myself; The Muslim Next Door; Red White, and Muslim)
  •   Research Guide to "Gender and Sexuality," Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies (
  •   “Feminist Interpretation of the Qur’an in a Comparative Feminist Setting,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 30.2 (Preview available at:
  • "Beyond Sarah and Hagar: Jewish and Muslim Reflections on Feminist Theology" with Judith Plaskow, Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities, eds. Reza Aslan and Aaron Hahn Tapper (Excerpt available at:
  • "Muslim Feminist Birthdays," Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 27.1 (Preview available at:
  • "Mariyya the Copt: Gender, Sex and Heritage in the Legacy of Muhammad's umm walad," Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 21.3 (Preview available at: