Distinguished Lecture in Islam - Representations of Muslim Women: Image and Reality
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An annual Centre for Studies in Religion and Society public lecture on a topic related to Islamic history, culture or society by a distinguished international scholar of Islam:
Representations of Muslim Women: Image and Reality
Zayn R. Kassam
Department of Religious Studies, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Muslim women are frequently depicted by Western media in images and stories that cast Islamic societies, and Muslim men in particular, in a negative light. Such gendered representations have been used to justify interventions against Muslim societies while also contributing to Islamophobic policies at home. In contrast, we might ask, What are the realities some Muslim women face, and what are they doing to address them?
Zayn Kassam is an historian of Islam and an international lecturer on gender relations in Muslim societies. She is the author and editor of numerous articles and books including Women and Islam (Praeger, 2010) and the forthcoming For What Sin Was She Slain? A Muslim Feminist Theology. Dr. Kassam holds a PhD in the history of religions from McGill University.
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