El Guindi graduated from the American University in Cairo, Egypt with a BA in Political Science. She worked at the Social Research Centre, and participated in the first full-scale ethnographic project to study the way of life of the Nubians of Egypt prior to their government-sponsored relocation due to the building of the Aswan Dam.
In 1986, she made the film El Sebou': Egyptian Birth Ritual, which was sponsored by the Office of Folklife Programs at the Smithsonian Institution. She also guest-starred as Julian Bashir's mother, Amsha Bashir, in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?", opposite Siddig El Fadil and Brian George.
Veil: The Veil Has Long Been the Subject of Much Controversy, Seen as a Symbol of Subservience in Some Quarters, While a Sign of Autonomy in Others. the Academic and Author of the Revolutionary Book Veil, Now in Its Third Printing, Egyptian-Born Fadwa El Guindi Talked to Pat McDonnell Twair
Jun 01, 2006; WHEN HER BOOK, Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance was published in 1999, anthropologist Fadwa El Guindi shook the foundations...