Dr. Mai Yamani is an independent academic.
She has been a visiting scholar at Carnegie Middle East Center
in 2008 and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute Washington
DC in 2008. She worked as a research fellow at the Royal Institute
of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London from 1997
to 2007. From 1992 to 2000 she was a research fellow at the
Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Law at London University.
She received her D.Phil. in Social Anthropology from Oxford
University. From 1990 to 2000, she held the position of academic
adviser at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown
University and was a lecturer in anthropology and sociology
at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, from 1981 to 1984.
Her publications include Cradle of Islam: The
Hijaz and the Quest for an Arabian Identity (2004), Changed
Identities: The Challenge of the New Generation in Saudi Arabia(2000),
The Rule of Law in the Middle East and the Islamic World:
Human Rights and the Judicial Process (2000), and Feminism
and Islam: Legal and Literary Perspectives (1996).