Feminist Perspectives of the Divine in Islam

Feminist Perspectives of the Divine in Islam

Photo courtesy of Asma Uddin

After 9/11, as society’s dominant rhetoric claimed that her religion was oppressive to women’s rights, Asma Uddin found herself in the midst of a crisis. She almost lost her faith completely, but that very questioning led to the work she does today as a lawyer specializing in religious freedom. Now the founder of a web magazine exploring gender and Islam, Uddin will share her story in Feminist Perspectives of the Divine in Islam, the final installment in the Rothko Chapel’s “Concept of the Divine” series. “The topic is less an academic or legal approach to women’s rights in Islam [and] more so the experience of contending with gender issues in the context of a relationship with God,” says Uddin. “[I hope the audience can] see through my story how everything they thought was so black and white isn’t; it’s quite nuanced, and quite human and relatable.”

7 p.m. Thursday. 3900 Yupon. For information, call 713-524-9839 or visit rothkochapel.org. Suggested $10 donation.

[Organizer's Description:]

The Rothko Chapel is set to host Asma Uddin in a conversation about how women shape visions of the divine in Islam.     The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 at the Chapel, located at 3900 Yupon. A reception will follow the program.   Uddin serves as director of strategy for the Center on Islam and Religious Freedom. She speaks and publishes on issues of gender and faith, as well as national and international religious freedom.   In addition, she is the founder and editor-in-chief of altmuslimah.com, a web magazine dedicated to issues on gender and Islam. She also serves on the advisory council for the Institute for Global Engagement's Center for Women, Faith and Leadership. Her work has been published by numerous law reviews and university presses and she is co-editing a forthcoming book of essays by women who have faced religious persecution.    For more information about the Rothko Chapel, with a full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit rothkochapel.org or call 713-524-9839.

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