Guest Talk: Why Muslim Women Are Reinterpreting the Qur`an and Rethinking Hadith, with Nimat Hafez Barazangi
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 04/01/2016
Uploaded: 04/15/2016
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Tags: gender, Hadith, Muslim women, Nimat Barazangi, Qur`an, religion, Tradition

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Description/Abstract: Guest Talk: Why Muslim Women Are Reinterpreting the Qur`an and Rethinking Hadith, with Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Thursday, 4/14, 4-5pm

Let us warmly welcome Dr. Nimat Hafez Barazangi, alumna of Teachers College, as she presents a lecture on Thursday, April 14th entitled, Why Muslim Women Are Reinterpreting the Qur`an and Rethinking Hadith.Because the true message of Islam concerning women was rarely practiced throughout the past 14 centuries of Muslim history, women scholar-activists who self-identify with Islam have been taking it upon themselves to reinterpret the Qur`an and change attitudes about gender. But their writings do not seem to reach those politicized mostly male Muslims who are running the present social and political affairs in Muslim societies. To the contrary, these male extremists are leading a counter-revolution against gender justice by taking Qur`anic verses out of their context and misusing the Prophet Muhammad reported Hadith (narratives). Thus, I am making wake-up calls to Muslim women to stand up for their given rights in the Qur`an and to rethink the authority of the Hadith, especially those narratives that contradict the Qur`an. Although Muslim women are majority college graduates in most Muslim societies, only few participate in developing and shaping Islamic thought. I will present some examples to analyze how basic principles of Islam are re-read to facilitate building an androgynous, civic attitude among young Muslims, particularly females.

Nimat Hafez Barazangi is a Research Fellow at Cornell University, where she works on Muslim and Arab Women's Education, Identity Development and Belief System; as well as Feminist and Gender Studies. She has published three monographs: Her most recent is Woman's Identity and Rethinking the Hadith (2015), with an endorsement stating the book as "brave and passionate plea for Muslim women to reclaim the egalitarian message of their faith, which was eclipsed after the Prophet's death by the exclusion of women from positions of leadership and from participation in the production of religious knowledge; Her highly reviewed Woman's Identity and the Qur'an: A New Reading (2004), labeled by one reviewer as "the most radical book in the last 14th centuries of Islam;" and her co-edited volume, Islamic Identity and the Struggle for Justice (1996), that is still in circulation. She also published over 50 research articles, book reviews, and edited journals. Some of her books and articles are translated into Arabic, German, and Spanish.

Nimat Hafez Barazangi received her B.A. from Damascus University, Syria; M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University; and Ph.D. from Cornell University. She received the Glock Award from Cornell for her 1988 Ph.D. Dissertation, the first on American Muslims education, "Perceptions of the Islamic Belief System: The Muslims in North America." Other honors include Senior Fulbright Scholarship to Syria 2005-2006 and 1995-1997; United Nations Development Program Fellowships 2002 and 1999; and Visiting Fellowship from Oxford University's Centre of Islamic Studies 1994.

This event is co-sponsored by the offices of Planned Giving and Alumni Relations and Gottesman Libraries.Please rsvp by Tuesday, April 12th with your details.

Where: 305 Russell