US scholar Asifa Quraishi-Landes to address feminism under Islamic Law
19 Mar 2017 - 0:57
NOTED scholar and Islamic and US constitutional law expert Asifa Quraishi-Landes will host a special session on women’s empowerment and rights under Sharia law, at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), on March 22.
Quraishi-Landes currently serves as assistant professor of law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses in Islamic law and US constitutional law.
Her session, “How not to talk about Muslim Feminism,” is the first of a series of interdisciplinary lectures, that are part of NU-Q’s newly-introduced Middle East Studies minor.
The minor at NU-Q provides students with a critical understanding of the region’s cultures, histories, societies, politics, intellectual contributions, and mediated representations. It also addresses global issues essential for understanding the region, such as decolonisation, orientalism, and gender or religious revivals.
Quraishi-Landes will discuss why notion of feminism is so often associated with the West, and why this becomes problematic, particularly in the perception of Muslim women who are working for women’s rights from an Islamic perspective.
She will also focus on ways that Shari’a law is mispresented and misused, and will address the reasons it is important to understand what women’s rights advocacy from a Shari’a-minded perspective could look like.
Quraishi-Landes writes on comparative legal theory and Islamic law, and women in Islamic law. Some of her recent publications include The Sharia Problem with Shari’a Legislation, and What if Shari’a Weren’t the Enemy: Re-Thinking International Women’s Rights Activism and Islamic Law.