Mohamed Abdou is a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University's Einaudi Center’s Racial Justice Program. He graduated from Queen’s University with a doctorate in cultural studies and holds a BAH/MA in sociology. He is also an assistant professor of sociology at The American University of Cairo and is an interdisciplinary scholar of indigenous, black, critical race, and Islamic studies, as well as gender, sexuality, women’s studies and decolonization, with extensive fieldwork experience in the Middle East-North Africa and Turtle Island. He is a self-identifying diasporic settler of color living on Gayogo Anishinaabe-Haudenosaunee territory. He recently taught a course on Indigenous Land Education and Black Geographies at the University of Toronto-OISE-SJE. He has also taught courses on North African, Islamic, BIPOC and radical newest social movements, as well as on research methodologies, the global political economy of development, and social theory. He is author of the forthcoming book Islam and Anarchism: Relationships and Resonances (Pluto Press, 2022). Abdou wrote his transnational ethnographic and historical-archival PhD on Islam and Queer-Muslims: Identity and Sexuality in the Contemporary. It investigates the inseparability of studies of race from religion and gender from sexuality. His current project examines how spiritual orientations/practices can inform non-racial conceptualizations of indigeneity and troubles contemporary decolonial social movements that are animated by secular anti-global and anti-capitalist aspirations. His research stems from his involvement with the anti-globalization Seattle 1999 movements, the Tyendinaga Mohawks and the sister territories of Kahnawake, Akwesasne, and Kanehsatake, during the standoff over the Culbertson tract, as well as the anti-war protests of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Indigenous Zapatista movement in Chiapas, and the 2011 Egyptian uprisings.
- Islam and Anarchism: Relationships and Resonances. (Pluto Press, April 2022. 300 pages.
- Queer Muslims: Racialized Sexuality, Religion & Politics in the Contemporary. (Under active/serious consideration for publication by Duke University Press).
Articles and book chapters (Peer Reviewed Forthcoming):
- The Revolutionary Wonderings of Queer-Feminist Egyptian and Muslim Souls, in Feral Feminisms, Issue 11: Transnational Homonationalism, (2022), Ed. Amy Verhaeghe. Accepted
- Conquistador Settler-colonialism & the Crises of Diasporic Muslim Complicity, in The Journal of Political Theology Issue on Settler Colonialism and Political Theology, June 2022. Guest eds. Dana Lloyd and Jan Pranger. Accepted
- Rethinking Queer-feminist Muslim and Arab methodologies – From Egypt to Palestine to Turtle Island, in Thinking World Politics Otherwise, Oxford University Press, 2021. Co-authored with Catherine Chiniara Charrett. Accepted
- On the Ethics of Disagreements (Uṣūl lil-Ikhtilaf) and the Ethics of Hospitality (Uṣūl lil-Dhiyafa) between Spiritual and non-Spiritual Leftists in the Newest Social Movements,” in Political Theology Journal, 2022. Accepted
- Local, Regional and Transnational Queer-feminist Arab, Muslim, and People of Color Insurgent-Abolitionist Horizons, in Al-Raida Journal, August, 2021.
- Local, Regional and Transnational Queer-Challenges to Queer Arab, Muslim, and People of Color Liberatory Horizons, in Settler-Colonial Studies Journal, 2022. Co-authored with Catherine Chiniara Charrett. Under Review.
Articles and book chapters Published (Peer Reviewed):
- To be Condemned to a Clinic: The Birth of the anarca-Islamic Clinic in Religious Anarchism: New Perspectives. Ed. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2012. 249-79.
- The Body of the Condemned, Sally ... Paths to Queering anarca-Islam in Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies 1 (2010): 217-239.
- Towards a Grassroots Multiculturalism?: A Genealogical Analysis of Solidarity Practices in Canadian Activism Today in Racism and Justice: Critical Dialogue on the Politics of Identity, Inequality and Change. Eds. Singh Bolaria, Sean P. Hier and Daniel Lett. Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2009. (Co-authored with Richard J.F. Day and Sean Haber). 207-224.
Non-refereed publications/Editorial Contributions:
- Let Empire Collapse: Why We Need A Decolonial Revolution: Repatriating Indigenous Land and Organizing anti-State Indigenous-Black-POC Power alternatives is Better than pouring resources into the liberal-progressive vote, in ROAR Magazine, Ed. Kai Heron, November 2nd, 2020.
- Centrality of Palestine and Feminism to the Concept of Queer in the US/Canada, Egypt and the SWANA Region, in The Masaha Collective and Centre For Transnational Development & Collaboration. Ed. Nour Abu-Assab and Nof Nasser-Eddin, forthcoming 2022.
- Varieties of Islamic Anarchism: A Brief Introduction. By Anthony T. Fiscella, Co-edited by Mohamed Abdou and Gabriel Kuhn. 2013. 25 pgs.
- Anarca-Islam: Paths to becoming a Muslim Anarchist: A PostAnarchistic interpretation of Islam. Published/Distributed through Miasma Publishing Co-op, Kingston, Ontario. 100 pgs.
- Class Privilege and the American University of Cairo. Article published in Arabic in the Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram Weekly (August 13, 1998)
- BAH, Sociology, Queen’s University
- MA, Sociology, Queen’s University
- PhD, Cultural Studies, Queen’s University
- Post Doctorate, Cornell University
- 2011-2013 SSHRC award recipient
- 2011 Queen’s Graduate Assistantship
- 2010 R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship
- 2009 Queen’s Graduate Assistantship
- 2008 Queen’s Graduate Assistantship
- 2007 Queen’s Graduate Assistantship
Black Studies and Geographioes
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/Black, Indigenous and People of Color Queer-feminisms
South West Asian and North African Studies
Old, New, and Newest Social Movement Studies
Psychoanalysis and Schizoanalysis
Poststructuralist Political Philosophy
Middle-Eastern and North African History