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Presentation on Islam and Feminism

Feb. 28, 2013
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University celebrates National Women's History Month with a presentation on the issues faced by Islamic women, on Monday, March 4, at 3 p.m. in Academic Forum room 101.

During the event Dr. Christine Saidi, assistant professor of history at KU, will share her journey of converting to Islam and why, as a feminist, she is very comfortable as a Muslim.  Saidi converted in 2002.

Saidi received her Ph.D. in African History from the University of California at Los Angeles. During her academic career she has also received two different Fulbright awards, published on the subject of gender dynamics and recently taught as an exchange professor at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Saidi's most recent book, "Women's Authority and Society in Early East-Central Africa," was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2010, and her latest article, "Nakabumba: God Creates Humanity as a Potter Creates a Pot," appeared in Palgrave Press' "Gender Epistemologies in Africa: Gendering, Traditions, Spaces, Social Institutions, and Identities."

A question and answer period on two controversial topics, feminism and religion, will follow the discussion.

For more information about upcoming events, please visit http://www.kutztown.edu/admin/womens/.