Muslim Women's Scholarship in Islamic Tradition and Western Academia

Thursday, March 11th 2021, 12:00pm
Online Event, 2400 Ridge Rd Berkeley, CA 94709

The Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Bayan Islamic Graduate School present "Muslim Women's Scholarship in Islamic Tradition and Western Academia" as part of a webinar series on Contemporary Issues in American Islam.

Dr. Juliane Hammer, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Dr. Mahjabeen Dhala, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union

Click Here to register for this event.

In her talk, titled “Community, Authority, and Critique: Muslim Women Scholars in Islamic Studies,” Dr. Hammer will reflect on her own career as a Muslim woman scholar in Islamic studies who has mostly worked in secular and public academic institutions in order to draw broader conclusions about building intellectual and religious community; think about questions of scholarly and religious authority; and consider several sources of critique that Muslim women scholars who work on gender and sexuality specifically encounter in their work.

Dr. Dhala's talk is titled "Scholar-Activists: Tracing the Tensions and Challenges in Centering Muslim Women’s Voices in Scholarship within the Islamic tradition and Western Academia." In her capacity as a scholar-activist and religious leader, Dr. Dhala has traveled widely, studying and learning from and with Muslim women in the global north and south, gaining unique insights into the issues and concerns they face. Her academic work explores ways in which Islamic tradition intersects with, translates into and informs modern modalities for pursuing social justice, especially with regard to the lived experiences of visibly Muslim women. She argues for constructive methodologies in the field of women’s studies in Islam that draw from indigenous sources not necessarily coherent with the order of knowledge constructed by western academia.

This event is online only