Lila Abu-Lughod

Lila Abu-Lughod

Department of Anthropology


Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science
Faculty Profile


Lila Abu-Lughod is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University and teaches in the Department of Anthropology and at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her courses focus on gender politics in the Muslim world, the cultures of nationalism, and the politics of liberalism and women's and human rights. A leading voice in debates about gender, Islam, and global power, her publications have been translated into more than 13 languages. 

Professor Abu-Lughod's most recent books include Nakba: Palestine, 1948 and the Claims of Memory (co-edited with Ahmad H. Sa'di), Do Muslim Women Need Saving?  and a thirtieth anniversary edition of Veiled Sentiments.