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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).