The Potential & Promise of Feminist Voices in Islam

A lecture by Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Thursday, October 4, 2012
6:30 PM
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall

Ziba Mir-Hosseini

In the last two decades of the twentieth century, a growing confrontation between political Islam and feminism rendered the links between theology, law, and politics transparent.The Islamist agenda of policing women’s presence in public space has led to the emergence of feminist forms of activism that have challenged patriarchal interpretations of the Shari’a from within the Muslim tradition. Ziba Mir-Hosseini explores Islamic feminism’s potential for changing the terms of debates over Islam and gender, arguing that the real battle is between patriarchy and despotism on the one hand, and gender equality and democracy on the other. A legal anthropologist specializing in Islamic law, gender, and development, Mir-Hosseini is professorial research associate at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, University of London.

This event is sponsored by The Barnard Center for Research on Women. For more information, visit

Oct. 4, 2012 - 6:30 PM