Saturday - 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Convention Center-305 (3rd Level)
The late Moroccan sociologist Fatema Mernissi is one of the early pioneers of the field of Islamic feminism. Her work opened up the doors for new scholarship on Islam and social justice, gender and Islam, and feminist ethnography. A common thread throughout Mernissi’s works is the emphasis on voice, space, and love. This roundtable will include scholars of Islamic feminism with diverging interests including peacemaking, blogging, and comparative theology who will explore these themes. The roundtable will also explore ways in which we can continue Mernissi’s commitment to being a scholar-activist, who both amplified the voices of marginalized peoples and made her scholarship accessible to the general public. Finally, in keeping with Mernissi’s commitment to weaving her personal life into her scholarship, the roundtable will also allow for conversations on how Mernissi’s work personally impacted the panelists’ lives.
Shehnaz Haqqani, University of Texas
Jerusha Lamptey, Union Theological Seminary