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AAR Annual Meeting
San Antonio, TX
November 19-22, 2016

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Women and Religion Section and Contemporary Islam Group
Theme: The Life and Work of Fatema Mernissi: Discussions on Islamic Feminism and Muslim Women’s Activism
Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina, Presiding
Kayla Renée Wheeler, University of Iowa, Presiding
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.

Souad T. Ali, Arizona State University
Shehnaz Haqqani, University of Texas
Unregistered Participant
Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Claremont School of Theology