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Many Muslim scholars have argued that it is not the religion but culture and patriarchal interpretation and implementation of the Qur’an that have kept women oppressed in most Muslim societies. In light of what is seen by these scholars as Qur’anic evidence in favor of women, it is quite ironic that gender reforms in many Muslim societies have been adamantly resisted.
In this presentation ASU professor Souad Ali will discuss these challenges as a contribution to understanding the issue of women, Islam and feminism.
Ali is faculty head of Classics and Middle Eastern Studies and an associate professor of Arabic literature and Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies in ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures.
Her presentation kicks off the 2019-20 Humanities Lecture Series, coordinated by ASU's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. The series provides opportunities to analyze, discuss and interpret current research and events. The public discussions help us understand and appreciate various points of view on political, social and cultural issues.