Join us at the Central Library next Thursday March 20 at 6:30 for a talk on Islamic feminism with journalist Elisabeth Segran, who's been traveling the Muslim world and meeting women who are re-thinking and changing their place in their society. For centuries, many Muslim women felt they had to choose between feminism and their faith; they believed that these two ideologies were mutually exclusive and incompatible. However, around the world, Muslim women are reexamining the Qua'ran and discovering that it is possible to fight for their rights from within the Islamic tradition. This talk will survey the strides that women are making to change laws and social values so that women have a more equal role within the Muslim family.
Elizabeth Segran is a writer who received her Ph.D. in South and Southeast Asian Studies with a specialization in Women, Gender and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. She contributes to The Atlantic, The Nation, Foreign Affairs and Salon.