Dr. Aliaa is a professor of Anthropology at Ain Shams University, Women’s College.
She makes use of anthropological perspectives for understanding
issues related to religion, politics and culture.
Professor Rafea wrote book chapters that were published in India, Japan, Morocco, Canada, and USA, as well as numerous academic articles.
She authored and co-authored several books, among which is “The Root of All Evil: An Exposition to Prejudice,Fundamentalism and Gender Bias” (2007).
She shared in editing and wrote a chapter in “A Force Such as the World has Never Known: Women Changing the World” (2013). She worked as an expert for an Arab League Project that aimed at empowering Arab Youth.
She is active in several Egyptian NGOs,,and is a member in the Egyptian Women Writers Association, as well as the Egyptian
Philosophical Society. She is a co – founder of the women’s group at the Egyptian Society for Spiritual and Cultural Research.
She was the Secretary General of Zenab Kamel Hassan Foundation for Holistic Human Development(ZKH).
Prof.Rafea wrote many opinion pieces in Egyptian newspapers; and she wrote regularly for Nahdet Misr Newspaper. In 2002 Prof. Rafea was a visiting professor at Randolph-Macon Women College, where she lectured on “Islam in the modern world” and “The universal meaning of the Egyptian civilization”.
Professor Rafea is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology(SFA), a member at the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the International Leadership Association (ILA). She joined the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) in 2011, and traveled with them to different parts of the world. She joined the Spirit of Humanity Forum gathering in Iceland in April 2014.