Fadwa El Guindi
Fadwa El Guindi, born in Egypt in 1941, is a professor of anthropology with a PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin (1972). At present she is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar, as well as head of the department of social sciences.
El Guindi graduated from the American University in Cairo, with a BA in Political Science. She worked at the Social Research Centre and participated in the first full-scale ethnographic project to study the way of life of the Nubians of Egypt prior to their government-sponsored relocation due to the building of the Aswan Dam.
In 1986, she made the film El Sebou': Egyptian Birth Ritual, which was sponsored by the Office of Folklife Programs at the Smithsonian Institution. She also guest-starred as Julian Bashir's mother, Amsha Bashir, in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?", opposite Siddig El Fadil and Brian George.
El Guindi has written several books and articles in the field of anthropology:
- The Myth of Ritual: A Native's Ethnography of Zapotec Life-Crisis Rituals. Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona Press, 1986.
- Veil: Modesty, Privacy, Resistance. Berg Publishers. 1999.
- By Noon Prayer: The Rhythm of Islam. Berg Publishers. 2008.
- Visual Anthropology: Essential Method and Theory. Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, California, 2004.
- Veiling Infitah with Muslim Ethic: Egypt's Contemporary Islamic Movement. Social Problems 28(4): 465-485 (1981).
- From Pictorializing to Visual Anthropology. In Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology. H. Russell Bernard, editor. Altamira Press, Sage Publications, 459-511,1998.