Conference: “Changing Roles? Women in Traditional Jewish and Muslim Communities”, UIC, February 7

2010-2011 CONFERENCE

The Jewish-Muslim Initiative,
International Studies Program, and
the Institute for the Humanities
at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Changing Roles?
Women in Traditional Jewish and Muslim Communities

Monday, February 7, 2011
Additional details will be announced.

The traditional religious legal systems in both Judaism and Islam (halacha and sharia) been widely challenged, in recent years, by charges that they are oppressive or demeaning to women. Women committed both to a traditional form of Judaism or Islam and to the gender equality that marks the modern world have responded to this charge in a variety of ways – some of which have begun to change their communities quite radically.  This conference will explore changing roles of women in prayer, study, communal leadership and other aspects of traditional Muslim and Jewish life.

Speakers will include:
Tahera Ahmad
, Northwestern University
Hina Azam, University of Texas at Austin
Ruth Balinsky, Yeshivat Maharat
Tova Hartman, Bar Ilan University
Marcia Hermansen, Loyola University Chicago
Deborah Klapper, Gann Academy
Erin Leib Smokler, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, & University of Chicago
Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Claremont School of Theology

Conference organized by Samuel Fleischacker, University of Illinois at Chicago

Location: Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level Stevenson Hall,
701 South Morgan, University of Illinois at Chicago

This conference is free and open to the public. It is helpful for us to calculate attendance so please preregister by January 31, 2011. Register here.

For additional information, contact Linda Vavra at 312-996-6354 or <>

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