Woman’s Identity and the Reformation of Muslim Societies

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 4:30pm

Olin Library, Room 107
Olin Library, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

The Prophet Muhammad’s reported traditions have evolved significantly to affect the social, cultural, and political lives of all Muslims. Though centuries of scholarship were spent on the authentication and trustworthiness of the narrators, there has been less study focused on the contents of these narratives, known as Hadith or Sunnah, and their corroboration by the Qur`an.

Join us for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with Nimat Hafez Barazangi, research fellow in the Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at Cornell University. Her new book Women’s Identity and Rethinking the Hadith (Routledge; November 2015), is a passionate plea for Muslim women to reclaim the egalitarian message of their faith and their identity to Islam. The book is a first step in a comprehensive attempt to contrast Hadith with the Qur`an in order to uncover some of the unjust practices by Muslims concerning women and gender issues.

Refreshments served. This event is hosted by Olin Library.