Thursday, October 27th, 2016
1120 Weill Hall, 735 S. State Street
This symposium brought together a diverse group of experts who have contributed to the conversation on human rights, gender, and LGBTQ movements in an Islamic context. Panelists discussed Muslim approaches to minorities, including the the movement towards decriminalizing homosexuals, the Qur’an’s position on sex/gender, and the history of human rights in the Muslim world. This event follows a lecture by the Nobel-prize winning human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, who will participate in the panel discussion.
Moderator: Susan Waltz, professor of public policy, University of Michigan
Respondent: Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate (2003), lawyer, and human rights activist
Asma Barlas, professor of politics, Ithaca College
Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History, University of Michigan
Samar Habib, associate researcher, Centre for Gender Studies, University of London