Bahia Shehab, Professor of Design


Bahia Shehab is a Professor of design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and streets around the world. Through investigating Islamic art history she reinterprets contemporary Arab politics, feminist discourse, and social issues. She has received a number of international awards, which include the BBC 100 Women list, a TED Senior fellowship, and a Prince Claus Award. She is the first Arab woman to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. Shehab holds a PhD from Leiden University in The Netherlands and is the founding director of TypeLab@AUC. Her publications include A Thousand Times NO, At The Corner of a Dream and the co-authored book A History of Arab Graphic Design. Her latest book You Can Crush the Flowers: A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution published in 2021 marks the ten-year anniversary of the uprising.

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