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Nazira Zeineddine: Pioneer of Islamic Feminism

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Nazira Zeineddine: Pioneer of Islamic Feminism


miriam cooke comes to AUB to discuss her work on Nazira Zeineddine, a pioneer of Islamic Feminism. The event is free and open to all - for accessibility information please see below

In 1928, Nazira Zeineddine published Al-sufur w’al-hijab, a careful polemic against the niqab. Quoting liberally from the
Qur’an and Hadith, she argued that the niqab is not Islamic and women are not lacking in reason and religion. A Druze from
‘Ayn Qani, she positioned herself paradoxically as an accomplished Muslim scholar and a secular cosmopolitan woman familiar with international politics and society. While many praised her, the ‘ulama’ and especially Shaikh al-Ghalayini attacked her for undermining Islam. Her faith-based cosmopolitanism was condemned as cultural betrayal. She published a rebuttal the following year, and then disappeared. Why?

miriam cooke is Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. She has been a visiting professor
in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Istanbul. She serves on several national and international advisory boards and is
editor of the Journal for Middle East Women’s Studies. Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers’ constructions of Islamic feminism. She has also written about Arab cultures with a concentration on Syria, the Arab Gulf and the networked connections among Arabs and Muslims around the world. Several of her 15 books and over 80 articles have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch and German.

Accessibility information: College Hall B1 is fully wheelchair accessible and there is a wheelchair accessible toilet nearby in the same building. Enter AUB either by Medical Gate or Bliss Gate and there are no steps between the gate and the building. Note that Main Gate is not wheelchair accessible. Parking on campus is available for wheelchair users, please contact Kathryn Maude (a201NSB8IGF1YiAhIGVkdSAhIGxi) at least 24 hours before the event with your car registration number. Unfortunately we will not be able to provide signing for these events. Large print copies of the program are available on request, please contact Kathryn Maude.



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