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What Islam, Whose Islam? The Struggle for Women's Rights Within a Religious Framework: The Experience of Sisters in Islam

Lecture by Zainah Anwar, Executive Director of "Sisters in Islam" in Malaysia

Thursday, October 04, 2007
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
314 Royce Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Zainah Anwar is a prominent feminist and public intellectual, and the Executive Director of the organization "Sisters in Islam" in Malaysia. Ms. Anwar received a postgraduate degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and is a former member of Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission. She has been profiled in the International Herald Tribune and on the PBS news show, “Frontline.”

Ms. Anwar’s book, Islamic Revivalism in Malaysia: Dakwah among the Students (Pelanduk, 1987), continues to be cited for its insights into modern-day Islam in Malaysia, and she is a frequent contributor to the editorial pages of Malaysia’s main newspaper, the New Straits Times. Her recent editorials cover such topics as freedom of the press, the underachievement of boys in Malaysian schools, compassion and pluralism in Islam, freedom of religion in the Arab world, and Malaysia’s gender gap in politics and the economy.

Sisters in Islam is a Malaysian non-governmental organization founded in 1988 that is committed to upholding the principles of justice and human rights for women within the framework of Islam. Their program highlights provision of legal services, public education, outreach and advocacy to promote legal reform and protect the rights of women. SIS has published a number of publications concerning women, Islam and the law, including the following titles: Are Muslim Men Allowed to Beat Their Wives?, Islam and Family Planning, and Hadith on Women in Marriage. They have also conducted research on the impact of polygamy on the family, have developed draft legislation on Islamic Family Law, and maintain an active media presence in Malaysia to combat movements by government officials and religious authorities to restrict the rights of women at home and in society.

A reception will follow the lecture.

Parking at UCLA costs $8.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Gender Studies, Department of Gender Studies, UCLA Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program, Muslim Public Affairs Council

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