Dr. amina wadud pursued her personal love of the Qur’an all the way to a Ph.D from the University of Michigan in 1988.  From there she joined the International Islamic University in Malaysia.  

While in Malaysia, she edited her dissertation and published Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective.

Also, while in Malaysia she and a collective of 7 other women organized the first major pro-faith pro-feminist organization Sister in Islam (SIS) . SIS would inspire the network Musawah, a global movement for reform in Muslim Personal Status Law. 

Her second book: Inside the Gender Jihad: Women’s Reform in Islam was published in 2006.

She returned to the US to complete her tenure and finally promotion to Full Professor of Islamic Studies before taking early retirement and joining the Starr King School for the Ministry as Visiting Researcher. At that time she took up international consultancy work on Islam, justice and human dignity. 

In response to invitations given by other progressive thinkers she accepted to give a khutbah at the Claremont Main Road Mosque in Capetown South Africa 1984; and to be Imam in the first internationally advertised mixed gender Friday prayer in New York 2005.  As the Lady Imam she continues to advocate for the establishment of independent intersectional inclusive Islamic sacred spaces and ritual practices until such a time as inclusivity is truly mainstreamed.

Between 2016-2018 she was a researcher on Sexuality Diversity and Human Dignity in Islamic Primary sources with a generous grant from the Arcus Foundation. After which she migrated to Indonesia where she has taken up permanent residence.  She will return to university teaching after the pandemic at the International Center for Religious Studies  as a Visiting Scholar. 

The mother of five, she is most grateful for family including six amazing grandchildren. 

She can be contacted for consultation through her patreon page www.patreon.com/TheLadyImam