Saba Fatima

(pronounced Sub-ā  Fāth-ma)

Associate Professor

Philosophy Department

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


About Me:

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

I am currently settled in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO and love teaching at SIUE.




Research Interests:  Contemporary Islamic Thought, Muslim/Muslim-American issues within a framework of Feminist & Critical Race Theory; Virtue Ethics; Social and Political (esp. within prescriptive Islam); Non-ideal Theory; Applied Ethics.


Peer-Reviewed Publications:


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.


Book Review


Review of Aysha Hidayatullah's Feminist Edges of the Qur'an, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Hypatia (2015). Available at:


Web Links of Recent Engagements:

St. Louisans on Islamophobia: ‘The real face of Islam is the face you see in front of you right now’ St. Louis on the Air: NPR. January 13, 2016


Interview by Hypatia -  Affective Response as Political Response:


SIUE Hijab Day Challenge - February 27, 2014 (my bit starts at 17:50 min mark)





“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

            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,


Teaching Interests

Contemporary Islamic Thought, Philosophy of Race, Feminist Theory (all with emphasis on the social & political), World Religion, and Reasoning & Argumentation.






Photo Credit: a 5 yr old


Blog Entries:

Walk a mile in our shoes ….by learning about our actual experiences



Walking the Talk of Inclusivity: Prohibitive Costs of Bioethics & Humanities Conferences



On Being Muslim & American



Visibility & Piety



Being a Shia Muslim Philosopher – Double Consciousness, Resistance, & Spirituality



Four ways to condemn violence against minorities in Pakistan that are all wrong!



Am I Being Paranoid? Being a Woman of Color in Academia



Indignation Without Reflection: Malala and the Western Imagination




Contact Information:

Saba Fatima

Peck Hall, Room 2218


Office Phone: (618) 650-2175


Peer-reviewed Paper Presentations


“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, Chicago, IL, 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


“American Ignorance and Social Imagination: The case of torture,”

Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Clearwater Beach, FL, 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


“The Muslim Problem”,

College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium, SIUE Apr 2014


“The Possibility of Character for a Doctor,”

WMU Medical Humanities Conference, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, Sep 2013


“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


“A Muslim American Script,” Colonization, Class and Women,

Fall Feminist Conference, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, Nov 2010


“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