Human Rights, Gender, and Sexuality in the Islamic World

DISC/WCED Symposium

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
4:00-6:00 PM
Annenberg Auditorium
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



Co-sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Ford School of Public Policy, Global Islamic Studies Center, Law School, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies