Hidaya Abbas is a lecturer in the Architecture Department at Effat University. She holds an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture from the American University in Cairo, and a BA in Interior Design from Dar al-Hekma University, Saudi Arabia.
Before joining Effat University in 2014, Hidaya Abbas had worked as a teaching assistant in the American University in Cairo, where she assisted in varied courses in Islamic architecture.
Hidaya’s research interest lie mainly in the architecture of the Hijaz, particularly Old Jeddah, and she has published in this field. She is also interested in female patronage of architecture in the Mamluk and Ottoman periods.