Zilka Spahic-Siljak


Zilka Spahic-Siljak, who holds a law degree from the University of Sarajevo in addition to her PhD, is a scholar, researcher, and activist with more than ten years experience working on issues of culture, religion, human rights, women's rights, and Islamic feminism in both the governmental and non-governmental sectors. She is currently the coordinator of the Religious Studies graduate program at the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies at the University of Sarajevo, and is project coordinator for Researches in Gender and Education at the Transcultural and Psychosocial Foundation, where her team has published Gender Equality and Judicial Practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2007), Women, Religion, and Politics: The Impact of Religious Interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on the Status of Women in Public Life and Politics (2007), and An In-depth Study on Domestic Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2006). During the Spring 2009 semester she will serve as a visiting instructor at the University of Pittsburg.


Coordinator of the Religious Studies graduate program, at the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies, at the University of Sarajevo