Muslim Women and the Freedom to Choose


Muslim Women and the Freedom to Choose


Lila Abu-Lughod



What can we learn from public debates about Muslim women that hinge on a right – the “right to choose freely”- that has been enshrined in international feminist conventions and that animates the popular American imagination about such practices as veiling and arranged marriage? Anthropologist Abu-Lughod will examine the everyday lives of young women in one Egyptian village to open up new ways of thinking about choice and to expose the politics of common fantasies about this right. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, the Morgan Lecture Fund and the Churchill Fund. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

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Muslim women, international feminism


African Studies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | International and Area Studies | Islamic Studies | Religion | Sociology of Religion | Women's Studies

Muslim Women and the Freedom to Choose