Portrait of Sallama Shaker
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  • Degrees
    PhD, International Development, American University
  • Research Interests
    Power politics, religion, and culture in the Middle East; Feminization of poverty and global challenges; Islam state politics; Islamic feminism; Cultural diversity; Globalization

Sallama Shaker is full clinical professor of Middle East and Islamic studies in Claremont Graduate University’s Religion Department. Her research and teaching courses come from her interest and expertise in Middle Eastern and Islamic culture, religion, politics, and gender studies.

Shaker began her education at the American College for Girls in Cairo, Egypt. She went on to earn a BS in Political Economy at Cairo University. She holds master’s degrees in Political Economy and Economics from Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics/Malta University, respectively. In 1993 she received her PhD in International Development from American University in Washington, DC. Shaker was a senior associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center from 1992 to 1994, where she did research on the impact of the first Gulf War on the economies of Egypt and Turkey.

She was the first woman appointed Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Americas in the history of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Cultural, Educational Relations, Technical Cooperation, and Dialogue for Egypt in September of 2004. For four years prior, she was Egypt’s ambassador to Canada. In addition to her current post, she has held several positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Deputy Minister for North and Latin America, Advisor to the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs on Egyptian/American Relations and NATO, First Secretary at the office of the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, and attaché at the Soviet Desk within the ministry. From 1985 to 1990, Shaker served as the Consul General at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, DC. She has also served as Economic and Political Counselor at the Embassy in Turkey, as well as Cultural and Political attaché at the Embassy of Egypt in Malta.

Shaker has published many articles on the issues of peace and development in the Middle East. Additional papers include “Building Peace in the Middle East,” “Feminization of Poverty,” “Women in Islam,” “Diversity in Islam,” and “Inter-faith Respect.” She has published a book titled State Society and Privatization in Turkey (Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1995) and is fluent in Arabic, English, French, Turkish, and Maltese.

“Why Egypt Matters.” Yale Global Online Magazine. July 25, 2013.

Co-authored with Michael Bell, et al. “Practitioners’ Perspectives on Canada-Middle East Relations.” In Canada and the Middle East: In Theory and Practice, edited by Paul Heinbecker and Bessma Moman, 7-24. Ontario, Canada: The Centre for International Governance Innovation and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007.

Aid, Privatization, and Development in Turkey, 1979–1990, translated by Kurhan-Oglu, Ankara, Turkey: Metu, 1995.

State, Society, and Privatization in Turkey, 1979–1990. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press: 1995.

“Development and Islamic Values.” In Building Peace in the Middle East: Challenges for State and Civil Society, edited by Elise Boulding. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1993.

Religion, Empire, Nationalism, and Islamic Feminism

Feminization of Poverty

Muslim World in Comparative Perspectives

Empowerment and Islamic Feminism

Reconfiguring the Middle East