PD Dr. Elham Maneais a writer, activist, and a Privatdozentin (equivilant to associate professor) at the University of Zurich where she specializes on the Middle East. She is a Fulbright scholar who holds a Venia Legendi and a PhD degree in political science from the University of Zurich, a master's degree in comparative politics from the American University in Washington D.C, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Kuwait University. Manea worked for eight years as a journalist at the Swiss Radio International (Swissinfo) and was the deputy chief editor of the Arabic service of Swissinfo. She works now at the Political Science Institute at the University of Zurich and as an independent consultant for government agencies and international human rights organizations. In 2010, the Swiss Federal Council appointed her as a member of the Federal Commission for Women Affairs – a membership she holds today. She has published academic and non fiction books in English, German, and Arabic in addition to two novels in Arabic: Echo(Saqi Books, 2005) and Sins(Saqi Books, 2008). Among her academic publication is The Arab State and Women’s Rights: The Trap of Authoritarian Governance(2011 Routledge); and Women and Shari’a Law: The Impact of Legal Pluralism in the UK (2016 I.B.Tauris).Her latest book is entitled Der Alltägliche Islamismus(On-Non Violent Islamism), published in 2018 by Random House, Germany.
Comparative Politics of the Arabian peninsula (with a focus on Yemen & Saudi Arabia), Legal pluralism and Islamic law (Women under Muslim Laws), gender and politics in MENA Context, and political Islam.