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About Me

Saba Fatima pronounced Sub-uh Fahthmah

Prof Fatima is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE).

She received my PhD in Philosophy from Social, Political, Ethical, & Legal (SPEL) Philosophy Department at Binghamton University, NY.

Currently, she is settled in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO and loves teaching at SIUE.

She is the host a podcast, She Speaks: Academic Muslimahs

Some of her research interests include:

  • social and political theory within prescriptive Islam;

  • Muslim/Muslim-American issues within a framework of feminist & race theory;

  • medical humanities

Contact Information:

Peck Hall, Room 2218


Office Phone: (618) 650-2175

Check out Prof Fatima's podcast

The podcast features interviews with Muslim women in academia

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“Philosophy, Liberation, and Other Roads Less Travelled: Being Asian in Philosophy,” What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher of Asian Descent?, APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies, Volume 20, number 1, Fall 2020

I know what happened to me: The Epistemic Harms of Microaggression” in Microaggression and Philosophy. Edited by Lauren Freeman and Jeanine Weekes Schroer, Routledge, 163-183, 2020

On the Road to Losing Ourselves - Religion Based Immigration Tests,” in Ethics, Left and Right: The Moral Issues That Divide Us. edited by Bob Fischer, Oxford University Press, 2019. pg. 216-232.

Physician Ethics: How Billing Relates to Patient Care,” Journal of Hospital Ethics, Vol 5 No 3: Systems, Winter 2019

On the Edge of Knowing: Microaggression and Epistemic Uncertainty as a Woman of Color,” in Surviving Sexism in Academia: Feminist Strategies for Leadership, edited by Kirsti Cole and Holly Hassel, Routledge 2017, p. 147-154

Contested Terrains of Women of Color and Third World Women,” Co-authored by Kristie Dotson, Ranjoo Seodu Herr, Serene J. Khader and Stella Nyanzi. Musings, Hypatia, Volume 33, Issue 3, Summer 2017, p. 731–742

Striving for God’s Attention: Gendered Spaces and Piety,” Hypatia, Vol. 31, Issue 3, 2016, p. 605-619

Can Doctors Maintain Good Character? An Examination of Physician Lives,” J. of Medical Humanities, 2016, p.1-15

Liberalism and the Muslim-American Predicament,” Social Theory and Practice, vol. 40, no. 4, 2014, p.591-608

Muslim-American ScriptsHypatia, Volume 28, Issue 2, 2013, p.341–359

Presence of MindSocial Philosophy Today, Volume 28, 2012, p. 131-146

Who Counts as a Muslim? Identity, Multiplicity and PoliticsJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Volume 31, Issue 3, 2011, p. 339-353

“An Examination of the Ethics of Submissiveness,” Journal of Islamic Philosophy, Volume 4, 2008, p. 3–21.


Teaching Interests

  • Contemporary Islamic Thought

  • Islam & Politics

  • Philosophy of Race

  • Feminist Philosophy

  • Transnational Feminist Theory

  • World Religions

  • Reasoning & Argumentation

Selected Academic Talks

    • “Marginalized within the Margins, Modesty, and the Me Too Movement in Muslim American Lives” American Philosophical Association- Eastern Division, New York City, NY, Jan 2019

    • “Let’s Strategize: Exploring Microaggressions in Academia and Finding A Way Forward” Workshop; National Women Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, Nov 2018

    • “Navigating Politics from the Peripheral: The United States’ Muslim Problem' ; Central American Philosophical Association, Chicago, IL, Mar 2018

    • “Democracy After Trump”; Eastern American Philosophical Association, Savanah, GA, Jan 2018

    • “Patriarchy as Justification for “Uncitizening”: The Case of Muslim Refugees”; National Women Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, Nov 2017

    • “Experiencing Prejudice: Examining the Muslim American Case”; Prejudice: ​Intersecting Methods and Perspectives, Washington University in St Louis, Nov 2017

    • “Billing Low Income Uninsured Patients as an Ethical Concern”; Health Humanities Consortium, Houston, Texas, Mar 2017

    • “From Where I Stand: Critical Distance in Bioethics as Choice and Circumstance”; American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, Washington DC, Oct 2016

    • “Being Brown in Academia and Epistemic Insecurity”; Central American Philosophical Association, Chicago, IL, Mar 2016

    • “Torture and the American Social Imagination,” ; California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH Oct, 2015

    • “Difficult Conversation Panel: Damage by Allies,”; Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Clearwater Beach, FL, Oct 2015

    • “Being Brown in Academia and Epistemic Insecurity,” 32nd International Social Philosophy Conference: Education & Social Justice; North American Society for Social Philosophy, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO, July 2015

    • “Women of Color in the Academy and Epistemic Doubt,” Exploring Collaborative Contestations and Diversifying Philosophy ; APA Committee on the Status of Women & Hypatia, Villanova, PA, May 2015

    • “Epistemic Friction and Responsible Knowing: Reflections on José Medina's The Epistemology of Resistance,” Society for Analytic Feminism Session at Central American Philosophical Association, Feb 2015

    • “Liberating Traditions: Asian Religions and Transnational Feminisms,” ; American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Nov 2014

    • “Beauvoir’s Analysis of the Muslim Woman,” ; Diverse Lineages of Existentialism, St. Louis, MO, Jun 2014

    • “Divine Consumption: Sustainability within Halal Food Laws,” 30th International Social Philosophy Conference: Food; North American Society for Social Philosophy, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut, Jul 2013

    • “The Possibility of Character for a Doctor,” Virtue, Vice, and Character; 39th Conference on Value Inquiry, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, Apr 2013

    • “Experiences in Makkah & Madinah: Gender & Space,”; Shifting Paradigms: Theology, Philosophy, and Doctrine, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY, Apr 2013

    • “Muslim Scripts,” Crossing Borders Fall 2011 Conference; Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Zion, Illinois, Sep 2011

    • “Presence of Mind,” 28th International Social Philosophy Conference: Freedom, Religion and Gender; North American Society for Social Philosophy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jul, 2011

    • “Public Reason And Muslim Americans," 27th International Social Philosophy Conference: Poverty, Markets, and Justice; North American Society for Social Philosophy Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, Jul 2010

Selected Invited Talks

  • “#MeToo & Muslim Women Unconference” New Horizons in British Islam, London, UK, April 2019

  • “Sharam, Haya, and the MeToo Movement in Muslim Communities” De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, April 2019

  • “Sharam, Haya, and the MeToo Movement in Muslim Communities” Department of History, Philosophy and Culture and the BAME Action Group, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK, March 2019.

  • “#MeToo in Muslim America” Inspiring TriVia: The Sarah L. Hoagland Speaker Series, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, March 2019.

  • “#MeToo in Muslim America” SLU Women's and Gender Studies Department, St Louis University, St Louis, MO, Jan 2019

  • Marginalized within the Margins, Modesty, and the Me Too Movement in Muslim American Lives, American Philosophical Association Eastern, New York City, NY, January 2019

  • “#MeToo in the context of Muslim American Lives” Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, Oct 2018

  • “#MeToo in the context of Muslim American Lives” Women Studies Program, SIUE, Oct 2018

  • “Combating Anti-Muslim Oppression,” St. Louis Anti-Racist Collective (ARC), Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), St. Louis, Apr 2017

  • “A Conversation on the Muslim American community,” Bethel Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Feb 2017

  • “Muslim American Political Disenfranchisement,” A Night of Philosophy and Ideas, Brooklyn Public Library and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Jan 2017

  • “The Muslim-American Problem,” University of North Carolina Charlotte, Nov 2016

  • “Oppressive Freedoms: hijab, burkini, and bikinis,” SIUE Women Studies Program, Sept 2016

  • “ Introduction to Shia Islam” Life Long Learning Programs, SIUE, April 2016

  • “Gynecologic Care of Muslim Patients” Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, MO, Dec 2015

  • “Embracing our Muslim Neighbors” Center for Spirituality & Sustainability, SIUE, Oct 2015

  • "Conversations about being a minority in academia, MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) Brooklyn College, May 2015

  • “Women of Color in the Academy and Epistemic Doubt,” SIUE Women's Studies Spring Events, Mar 2015

  • “Understanding Race Lingo: Racial Experiences in America,” SIUE Black Lives Matter Series, SIUE, Mar 2015

  • “Sectarianism in the Middle East,” Lifelong Learning Programs - Great Decisions Series, SIUE, Feb 2015

  • “Islamic awakening,” Lifelong Learning Programs - Great Decisions Series, SIUE, Mar 2014

  • “SIUE Hijab Day Challenge,” Muslim Student Association, SIUE Chapter, Feb 2014

  • “Muslim Women Today” Life Long Learning Programs, SIUE, Sep 2013 AND Edwardsville Library Spring Program, Edwardsville Public Library, Mar 2013

  • “Women in Islam in the context of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.” The Year of the Book Series, Women Studies Program, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Oct 2012

  • “Medical Ethics and Empathy,” Senior Resident FOCUS, Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood, KY; Sep 2011 & Aug 2012

  • “Muslim Political Identity,” 2010 Sagan National Colloquium, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH Sep 2010