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Jan. 7, 2004

Islam and the Law: The Question of Sexism?

The University of Texas School of Law
Eidman Courtroom
Wednesday, February 4, 2004
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Conference Schedule

AUSTIN, Texas — This conference addresses a variety of issues where Muslim women's rights in Islam facially appear to be compromised by Islamic Law. Some examples of issues to be discussed include the hijab (the veil), inheritance, marriage and divorce law, polygamy, virginity and honor, and honor crimes. This interdisciplinary conference aims to discuss and analyze these issues in a balanced manner through an academic approach by inviting experts of differing viewpoints on the issues. The objective is to reveal the complexity of Islamic Law through the different scholarly interpretations on the same subject matter. In contrast, the conference is not meant to support a certain interpretation or school of thought nor to be a venue for religious propaganda.

The invited speakers include highly qualified scholars of varying academic specialties who will interact in a collaborative, intellectual manner with their co-panelists as well as the audience. The featured speakers include: Dr. Kamran Ali (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Kecia Ali (Harvard Divinity School), Dr. Lama Abu-Odeh (Georgetown Law Center), Nabil Elibiary (Islamic Association of Carrollton), Dr. Mounira Maya Charrad (The University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Monzer Kahf, and Professor Shadi Mokthari (Osgood Hall Law School).

Due to the American government's concerted interaction and intervention with Middle Eastern, Central Asian, and South Asian nations with predominantly Muslim populations, this conference is of paramount importance at this juncture in American history. Ultimately, the conference should provide an opportunity for audiences of varying familiarity with the subject matter to expose themselves to the complexities and differing schools of thoughts within the Islamic faith as well as the Islamic world; thus allowing them to adequately interpret the ongoing inundation of news and information about that part of the world.

Sponsored By: The University of Texas School of Law; The Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Student Bar Association; Texas Journal of Women and the Law; The Center for Women's and Gender Studies; The Freedom and Justice Foundation; National Lawyers Guild at UT; Muslim Law Students Association; The Human Rights Center at UT Law.