Amal Abou El-Fadl is Assistant Professor at the English Department, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 2003. The topic of her dissertation was “Island Myths: A Comparative Study of the Role of the Island in some Representative English and German Novels.” In 1991, she obtained her M.A. in English and Comparative Literature, from the American University in Cairo. The dissertation was entitled “The Spirit of Place .A Comparative Study of the Image of Alexandria in Miramar and Justine.” From 1984 till now, Abou El-Fadl has been teaching Translation, Essay writing, Civilization, and Introduction to English Literature. Since 2004, she has been the editor and managing director of www.boswtol.com, an Egyptian online variety magazine with content relying heavily on data concerning young people’s needs and abilities. In 2000, she joined the Women and Memory Forum, where she has been profiling women writers and leading figures in the intellectual field, as well as researching, reviewing and highlighting the seminal contributions of such figures in Egypt.
Amal Abou El Fadl represented WMF in an international conference entitled “Women in Islam-Between Oppression and (Self-) Empowerment” held by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Cologne from 7th to 9th March 2007. The conference established a forum where intellectuals and representatives of human rights organizations from Asia and Africa met with researchers in the area of development policy in Germany to debate and discuss the promotion of Muslim women and ‘Islamic Feminism’, and to foster an exchange of ideas and networking. Muslim women from countries all over the world were invited to Cologne to discuss the influence of religion on democracy and cultural attitudes, and how this debate can have a positive effect on the living conditions of Muslim women.