Sumayya earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , School of Information and Library Science in summer 2016. While at UNC she also earned the Duke-UNC Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies.
Sumayya received an M.A. in Arab Studies from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University in 2006. Her B.A. in Sociology and African-American Studies (double-major) was earned at Wesleyan University in Middletown,CT. As an undergraduate she also spent time studying Moroccan culture and language through the School of International Training in Rabat, Morocco.
Sumayya conducted the fieldwork for her dissertation research on the Hassan II Prize for Manuscripts and Archival Documents with the help of a short term grant from the American Institute of Maghrib Studies in the summer of 2015. This included an internship at the Moroccan Ministry of Culture‘s Directorate of the Book which administers the Hassan II Prize.
She received a FLAS award for the summer of 2012 to study Arabic in Morocco. She also interned at the National Library of Morocco in Rabat and began an exploratory research project on the digitization of Arabic manuscripts that was supported by a short-term grant from the American Institute of Maghrib Studies (AIMS).
From 2007-2008, Sumayya carried out research in Morocco as a U.S. Fulbright research grantee. Female Islamic scholars and scholarship in current day Morocco was the subject of her research. During this time she also received a Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) to study Advanced Arabic at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF).
As an M.A. student at Georgetown University, she received the Georgetown University Qatar Arabic Language Study Fellowship to study Arabic at the University of Qatar in Doha, Qatar (2004-2005). She also received the Foreign Language Area Studies Award (FLAS) for the intensive study of Advanced Arabic at Georgetown University in the summer of 2004.
Instructor, University College London-Qatar
Research Methods for Information and Library Science
(UCLQG409, graduate, Fall 2017)
Reference and Information Services
(UCLQG414, graduate, Fall 2017)
Digital Resources for the Humanities
(UCLQG408, graduate, Spring 2017)
Instructor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tools for Information Literacy
(INLS 161-002, undergraduate, Spring 2016) Website
National Archives: Politics, Memory, and Public History
(INLS 690-241, graduate, Fall 2015, developed course)
Access, Outreach, and Public Service in Cultural Heritage Repositories
(INLS 754, graduate, Fall 2015, co-Instructor with Dr. Denise Anthony). Website.
Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
History of the Book
(INLS 550, graduate, Spring 2015, taught sections on the book in the Muslim world). Website.
Ahmed (2016). For a Morocco that Reads: The Crisis of Reading and Recent Initiatives to Revive Libraries and Reading in Morocco. In Click, A. (Ed.), Ahmed, S. (Ed.), Hill, J. (Ed.), et al. (2016). Library and Information Science in the Middle East and North Africa. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Saur.
Ahmed, S. ( 2016). Learned women: three generations of female Islamic scholarship in Morocco. Journal of North African Studies. Doi: 10.1080/13629387.2016.1158110
Ahmed, S. (2016). Desert Scholarship: The Zawiya Library of the Naṣirīyya Sufi Order. Libraries at the Heart of the Dialogue of Cultures and Religions: History, Present, Future. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
A Muslim Suicide by BenSalem Himmich,MELA Notes: Journal of Middle Eastern Librarianship 86 (2013).
Human Rights, Suffering, and Aesthetics in Political Prison Literature. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 8(2) 2012.
” Avenues for Digital Research Projects on Morocco” Digital Humanities Abu Dhabi (DHAD) Conference, NYU-Abu Dhabi, April 10-12, 2017
“And We Keep a Copy: Digitization, Ownership and Colonial Memories” Middle East Librarians Association (MELA) sponsored panel at Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting (MESA), Washington D.C., November 22-25, 2014
“Flexible Strategies for Uncertain Times: An Innovative Approach to LIS Education in the Middle East and North Africa” (Co-author), IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Lyon, France, August 16-22, 2014
“Developing Readers: The Crisis of Reading in Morocco and Recent Initiatives to Promote Reading” IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Lyon, France, August 16-22, 2014. Paper can be found here.
“Desert Scholarship: The Zawiya Library of the Nasiriyya Sufi Brotherhood,” IFLA Religious Libraries in Dialogue Special Interest Group Satellite Meeting, Paris, France, August 25 – 26, 2014
“The Hassan II Prize for Manuscripts and Archival Documents: the Tension between Archival Disclosure and National Heritage in Morocco”(Poster), Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) July 14-18, 2014 at University of Pittsburgh. [Awarded 1st place by the conference jury. ]
“Andalusian Astronomers: Connecting Manuscripts on Astronomy from Early Islamic Spain,” at the Eighth Islamic Manuscript Conference, 9-11 July 2012, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
“The Tradition of Female Islamic Education in Morocco” at Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar (SERMEISS) , March 17, 2012 at UNC Chapel Hill.
*Awared the Herbert L. Bodman Award for Best Paper by a Graduate Student for this presentation.
Currently Sumayya is a member of the Middle East Librarians Association , the Middle East Studies Association, the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar, the Society of American Archivists, The Islamic Manuscript Association, and the American Institute for Maghrib Studies .