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Feminism in Islam expert to speak at IC

An expert on feminism in Islamic societies will be the next speaker in the yearlong Global Fury/Global Fear: Engaging Muslims series at Ithaca College. Margot Badran will present “Feminism beyond East and West: New Gender Talk and Practice in Global Islam” on Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall. Her talk is free and open to the public.A senior fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Badran is the author of “Feminists, Islam and Nation: Gender and the Making of Modern Egypt” and coeditor of “Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing.” Her writings on secular and Islamic feminisms have been translated into Arabic and several other languages. She also writes on feminism and gender for “Al Ahram Weekly” in Cairo.The Global Fury/Global Fear discussion series is sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) as a way to understand Islam and its relation to the larger world. Peter Bardaglio, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will deliver introductory comments, while Asma Barlas, professor of politics and director of the CSCRE will serve as the faculty respondent.In 2003–4 Badran served at Northwestern University as the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Religion and Preceptor at the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa. She has a diploma in Arabic and Islamic religious studies from Al Azhar University in Cairo, in addition to an M.A. in Middle East studies from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Middle East history from Oxford University.

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