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Women in Classical Islamic Law


February 24, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Wallenberg Hall (Bldg 160), Room 124

A lecture by Behnam Sadeghi (Stanford University). Part of a lecture series on  Sexuality, Gender, and Religion. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and co-sponsored by the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Free and open to the public. For more information about the series, please contact Prof. Linda Hess.

This lecture is about pre-modern Islamic law and its intersection with gender. It gives a brief introduction to pre-modern Islamic law, which was organized according to “schools of law,” referring to examples of the laws of these schools on matters relating to women in marriage, divorce, and ritual prayers. It shows how laws could change and how jurists justified legal change, illustrating the process with an example relating to women’s participation in prayers held in congregation.

Behnam Sadeghi is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford. He is the author of The Logic of Law Making in Islam: Women and Prayer in the Legal Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 2013).