Book Launch: Gender and Islam in Africa Rights, Sexuality, and Law
Woodrow Wilson Center 4th Floor Conference Room 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, United States
The Middle East Program, Africa Program, and Environmental Change and Security Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center
Margot Badran Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center and Senior Fellow, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
Gender and Islam in Africa, which Badran has edited, breaks ground by taking a continent-wide perspective transcending the conventional splitting of Africa north and south of the Sahara. The volume shows how Muslim women in Africa have interpreted Islam for themselves, not only in the present but in the past, in ways that are empowering to women, families, communities, and nations. The chapters demonstrate the intimate connection between concrete experience and religious interpretation and how women concurrently use human rights and democracy discourses to achieve gender equality and social justice. Badran will discuss the making of the book and its early reception as part of the rising field of Islamic studies in Africa.
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