The Feminism and Legal Theory Project Presents: “All in the Family? Islam, Women, and Human Rights”

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Emory Law School ● Atlanta ● Georgia
March 3rd and 4th, 2006
Registration information available here.

Friday, March 3, 2006
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Session I: Underlying Theory

Islamic Feminism and the Issue of Dependency: An Iranian Case Study: Roja Fazaeli, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway

(Mis)Understanding Muslim Women: The Limits of Western Feminism: Nazia Kazi, Columbia University School of Social Work

Constructing Islam and Human Rights in Political Context: Anthony Tirado Chase, Occidental College

Islamisation, Women and Human Rights in Pakistan: Resistance Strategies: Siobhan Mullally, National University of Ireland, Cork

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Dinner and Reading in Hunter Atrium
Standing Together: From Lone Struggles to a Global New Reality for Islam in the 21st Century: Asra Q. Nomani, Author and Activist

Saturday, March 4, 2006
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM – Session II: Comparisons

Gender Neutral Prayer, Religion and State: Pnina Lahav, Boston University School of Law

Challenges Facing South Africa as Regards the Recognition of Muslim Marriages: Rashida Manjoo, Harvard Law School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM – Session III: Comparisons

Engaged Surrender in the Void: Post-Secularist “Human” Rights Discourse and Muslim Feminism: Emily Albrink Hartigan, St. Mary’s Law School

Hanafi and Catholic Jurisprudence of Sexual Equality: A Proposal for Dialogue: Russ Powell, Seattle University School of Law

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch and Presentation (Hunter Atrium)
Thinking About Courtly Families: Comparisons From Early Modern Islamic Societies: Ruby Lal, Emory University

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM – Session IV: The Role of Law: Islam and the West

Religious Arbitration in Ontario: Protecting Women by Protecting Them From Religion: Natasha Bakht, University of Ottawa

Feminist Fundamentalism, Perfectionism and the Veil: Mary Anne Case, University of Chicago Law School

3:15 PM – 5:30 PM – Session V: Family Issues

Enacting Women’s Rights without Gender Equality: Ayatollah Khomeini’s Legacy to Custody Reform in Iran: Elizabeth M. Bucar, Divinity School, University of Chicago

‘Legal Realism’ in Tehran: Gender, Law, and the Transformative State: Louise Halper, Washington & Lee University School of Law

So Long a Letter: Towards a Women-Centric System of Islamic Polygamy: Michel Alexandre, University of Memphis

How Islam Addresses Women’s Sexuality and How It Relates to the Honor of Family: Nadia Shahram, Law School, SUNY-Buffalo and Hilbert College

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