Afra Jalabi was raised in Syria, Germany and Saudi Arabia before immigrating to Canada. She has a B.A in anthropology and political science from McGill University, a master's degree in journalism from Carleton University, and was a columnist for four years in London for Al-Jadeedah magazine. She currently is a weekly columnist for the Saudi daily newspaper, Al Yaum and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Religion (Hamline University). Her interests lie in the theory of nonviolence, early Islamic history and texts, Quranic exegesis, and feminist theory. In compiling historical and traditional resources on nonviolent conflict resolution and social change, Afra Jalabi seeks to re-examine the nature of activism and underlying principles of coexistence through a Muslim lens. She has lectured about these themes in Canada and the United States and has worked with her uncle, Jawdat Said, on several projects related to Islam and nonviolence. She is a member of the WISE(Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality)Shura Council.