IMG_0537Contemplative Yurt is run by Dr. Sarah Eltantawi, scholar of religion and Islamic studies. Sarah is currently Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion and Islamic Studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

Her forthcoming book on sharia and the stoning punishment in Northern Nigeria goes beyond sensational journalistic headlines to give an account rich in ethnographic and archival detail of how Northern Nigerians came to demand the laws of God where the laws of man had failed.

Sarah earned her PhD in the Study of Religion in 2012 from Harvard University, where she was the Jennifer W. Oppenheimer Fellow and Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has held academic fellowships at Brandeis, Berkeley, and at the Forum Transregionalle at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin as well as the Freie Universitāt in Berlin.

Before taking up scholarship Sarah had a career as policy and communications director of two American Muslim civil rights organizations in Washington DC and New York City.   She has been published in the New York Times, Reuters, and more, and has appeared on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and is a regular news commentator for Al Jazeera English. She publishes a regular column in Die Tageszeitgung, Germany’s fourth largest newspaper, and hosts the radio show Contemporary Islam Considered for Marginalia, a channel of the Los Angeles Times Review of Books.

Visit her website for links to her scholarship, commentary, lectures, teaching schedule and more.

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