Postdoctoral Research ProjectI am the recipient of the Dutch Research Council grant (NWO) awarded for outstanding researchers. My research, conducted at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), aims to generate a nuanced theorisation of Muslim women’s agency. Titled “Muslim Women on the Front Lines of Social and Political Change: A Case Study of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries,” the research focuses on the Gulf Cooperation Council countries—a neglected region in the Anglo-Saxon social sciences—and engages with Arabic-language scholarship that has been previously overlooked. It advances social scientific understandings of agency, particularly in the fields of gender studies and feminist thought. Moreover, the amplification of women’s diverse experiences and marginalized Arabic scholarship promotes the decolonisation of knowledge production on women, gender, and Islam.
Public Summary: Are Muslim women in the Gulf only interested in the right to drive cars? Or do they also want to sit in the driver’s seat politically and steer their societies towards gender equality and democratization? By looking beyond the clichés, Lana examines women’s life experiences in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to reveal the practical tools employed in their day-to-day struggles. By identifying ‘home-grown’ strategies used to combat patriarchy and religious extremism, this research has the potential to empower Muslim women across the globe.