Muslim Diversity: Global Cultures, Practices, and Interpretations

November 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
CHHS 155


Learn more about the global diversity within Islam at the International Education Week (IEW) Signature Event, Muslim Diversity: Global Cultures, Practices, and Interpretations.  Shattering the notion of a monolithic Islam, this lecture explores the inherent pluralism of the classical Islamic tradition and contemporary Muslim practices. How do living communities practice and celebrate Islam? Examining texts, interpretations and data polling, we will examine the global diversity of Muslim practices and beliefs on a range of issues, including women and gender, violence and religious pluralism.  

Lecture by Dr. Hadia Mubarak:  Hadia Mubarak is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Guilford College, where she teaches courses on women and gender in Islam, Islam and Modernization and reading sacred texts. She previously served as a research fellow with the New York Abu Dhabi Research Institute in the Humanities (2017-2018), where she worked on her monograph, “Rebellious Wives and Sexually Neglectful Husbands: Controversies in Modern Quranic Commentaries.” Mubarak taught as a lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2015-2017. She also served as a visiting lecturer at Davidson College during the 2015-2016 academic year. Mubarak completed her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Georgetown University, where she specialized in modern and classical Qurʾanic exegesis, Islamic feminism, and gender reform in the modern Muslim world.