Zahra Babar

Zahra Babar is Associate Director for Research at CIRS at Georgetown University in Qatar. Her current research interests include rural development, migration and labor policies, and citizenship in the Persian Gulf states. Babar has published several articles and chapters, most recently, “The ‘Humane Economy’: Migrant Labour and Islam in Qatar and the UAE,” Sociology of Islam (2017); (with Andrew Gardner) “Circular Migration in the Gulf States,” in Impact of Circular Migration on Human, Political and Civil Rights: A Global Perspective (Springer, 2016); (with Dwaa Osman) “Women, Work, and the Weak State: A Case Study of Pakistan and Sudan,” in Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2016); “Population, Power, and Distributional Politics in Qatar,” Journal of Arabian Studies (2015); and “The Cost of Belonging: Citizenship Construction in the State of Qatar,” Middle East Journal (2014). She has served as Editor for Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2017), and co-edited with M. Kamrava, Migrant Labour in the Persian Gulf (Columbia University/Hurst, 2012), and with S. Mirgani, Food Security in the Middle East (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2014).