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From the Feminine to Feminism: Women in Islamic Thought and Literature

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Conversations about women and gender related issues have become mainly about rights and justice. Diverse feminist perspectives highlight the reality of women’s lives in many parts of the Islamic world and either critique patriarchal structures or explain Qur’anic verses according to 7th century contexts. Yet, this socio-historical emphasis has almost eclipsed the variety of images of the feminine which are also to be found in Islamic thought, literature and poetry. Is the reality of women’s lives somewhere between both struggle and ideals, the feminine and the feminist?

This is the third in a series of three lectures by Humanitas Visiting Professor in Women’s Rights, Mona Siddiqui, followed by a concluding symposium. It is a public lecture, open to all. For further information, see .

This talk is part of the CRASSH Humanitas Lectures series.

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