The Women's HERstory Committee of the Muslim Students' Association presents...
Beyond Reactionary: Imagining & Cultivating Liberation
A panel discussion on gender inclusivity and feminist discourses within Muslim spaces
Thursday, March 28th - 7 PM
Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
Often times, when it comes to issues of gender and Islam, Muslim activists justifiably focus on providing counter narratives to the negative stereotypes, pervasive racism, and misogynistic essentialist views surrounding Muslim women. However, it is equally important for us to look inwardly and engage with critical issues of sexism, gender oppression and patriarchy. These matters are not specific to our demographic, but as a community that strives for social justice, they are issues that should be placed at the forefront of our activism. Through this event, we wish to provide a safe space- away from the burden of representation and the suffocating lens of double consciousness -for Muslim women to articulate and discuss pressing matters within their communities, including issues of mosque access, leadership, and representation, without feeling that they are “airing dirty laundry” or that their words may be used to perpetuate a colonialist, racist or orientalist agenda.
This event will dissect issues of gender inclusivity and feminist discourses from the diverse perspectives of three Muslim American women leaders and change agents. Through this discussion, we hope to move beyond the same regurgitated conversations that we are used to hearing, and instead deepen the gender discourse and elevate it at a time when it is crucial to do so. We hope to present a space for Muslim American women to share their narratives and chart their own courses, and provide the opportunity for audience members along with the panelists to affirm and value their ideas and activism. The panel consists of Amanda Quraishi, Hind Makki and Chaplain Tahera Ahmad.
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Thank you to our sponsors: the UM Women's Studies Department, Center for the Education of Women, CSG Women's Issues Commission, Multi-Ethnic Student Life and Barbour-Newberry Hall Council!