Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Engaging Islam Conference

Engaging Islam:
Feminism, Religiosities and Self-Determination
September 12-16 2007

University of Massachusetts Fall Institute 2007

Engaging Islam will be held at University of Massachusetts Boston from
September 12-16, 2007

Conference Details

Engaging Islam: Preliminary Conference Schedule

The Institute is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary
for non-presenting attendees.

Wednesday, September 12

Panel Title: ³Defining Islamic Feminisms² 2-5 PM

* Key-Note: Amina Wadud

* Key-Note: Haideh Moghissi

* Key-Note: Lila Abu-Lughod

Thursday, September 13

Panel Title: ³Negotiating Shari¹a and the ŒSecular State¹²

9-10 AM Key-Note: Madhavi Sunder
10-10:30 AM ­ Break
10:30-12:30 - Panel

* Berna Turam ³Democratization and Muslim Women: The Case of Secular Turkey²

* Natasha Dar ³Liberté, Equalité, Fraternité, and the Shari'a: The
Production of Islamic Legal Knowledges and ŒThe Muslim Woman¹ in the
French-North African Diaspora²

* Mitra Rastegar ³Secularism through U.S. policies and discourses on Islam
and Muslim citizens²

12:30-1:30 Break for Lunch

Panel Title: ³Negotiating Shari¹a and the ŒSecular State¹² (continued)

1:30 ­2:30 Key-Note: Tariq Modood
Break: 2:30-3PM

3-5PM - Panel

* Srimati Basu ³Separate and Unequal: Muslim Women, Women¹s Movements and
Un-uniform Family Law in India"

* Jasmin Zine "Negotiating Religion and the Secular State: Muslim Women and
Shari'a Law Tribunals in Canada"

6-7:30PM - Screen Film ³Silent Waters²
7:30PM ­ Dinner & Presentation by Shahnaz Khan

Friday, September 14

Panel Title: ³Challenging Hegemonic Representations of Muslim Women²

9-10 AM - Keynote: Lara Deeb

10-10:30 AM­ Break
10:30-12:30 - Panel

* Elizabeth Bucar ³Good Hijab, Bad Hijab: The Politics of Religious Dress in

* Peter McMurray ³Speaking the Unspeakable: Three Representations of Wartime
Sexual Violence Against Bosnian Muslim Women²

* Surbhi Tiwari ³Whither Fundamentalism or Feminism? Sania Mirza, Œsexy¹
dressing and the politics of (erotic) identity²

12:30-1:30 - Break for Lunch

Panel Title: ³Globalization, Gender Relations, and Sexuality²

1:30-2:30 PM - Key-Note: Jasbir Puar

Break: 2:30-3PM

3-5PM - Panel

* Ashley Al-Sayyad ³Queer Muslim Women: Visibility, Diaspora, and Islam²

* Chris Kelly ³Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) Muslim

* Sonja Van Wichelen ³Politics of Presence: Feminist Contestations over a
New Muslim Indonesia²

Dinner at a restaurant in Cambridge

Saturday, September 15

Panel Title: ³Political Economy and Islamic Feminisms²

9-10 AM - Keynote: Lamia Karim

10-10:30AM ­ Break

10:30-12:30 - Panel

* Fauzia Ahmed ³Islam, Poverty Alleviation, & Masculinity²

* Roksana Bahramitash ³Iranian Islamic Women as Œthe Other¹: A Class
Analysis of the Role of Women in the Informal Economy and Islamic Micro

* Damla Isik ³On Weaving, Sohbet, and Patience: Governance of Time and Labor
in Konya¹s Weaving Industry²

12:30-1:30 - Break for Lunch

Panel Title: ³Coalition-building and Transnationalism²

1:30PM - Key-Note: Zainah Anwar

Break: 2:30-3PM

3-5PM - Panel

* Azza Basarudin ³Recreating Communities of the Faithful?: Negotiating
Gender, Religion & Feminism in Malaysia and Egypt²

* Tina Nebe ³Islam in the Public and Private Spaces: Turkey, Iran, Nigeria,
and Indonesia²

* Dina Siddiqi ³Legislating Fatwas: Dilemmas and Contradictions for

* Rafia Zakaria ³Dangerous Truths: the Muslim woman¹s story and the emerging
chasm between transnational feminist scholarship and activism²

Sunday, September 16

Panel Title: Pedagogy and Islam

9AM-11:30 - Panel

* Hilary Kalmach ³Female Leadership and Activism in Conservative Islamic
Communities: An Islamic Form of Feminism?²

* Juliet Gentile ³From ŒHonorary Man¹ to Sheikha: The Path of Sufi Women in
the West²

* Jennifer Fluri ³The Corporeal Marker: Gender, Space and Islam²

11:30-12 ­ Break

12-1PM - Closing Remarks

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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

Mike Ghouse
Text/Talk: (214) 325-1916

Mirza A Beg
(205) 454-8797


We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration ( held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.


Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.