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Rights for Muslim women in polygyny BYU lecture topic April 13

Debra Majeed, associate professor and chair of philosophy and religious studies at Beloit College, will speak about “The Law and The Women: Protection of Rights for Muslim Women in Polygyny” Wednesday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University.

A religious historian, Majeed has made the interconnection between religion, gender and culture central to her life’s work. She is the first African American female and first Muslim to be tenured in the 162-year history of Beloit College.  She received a doctorate in religious and theological studies from Northwestern University in 2001.

Majeed has published in CrossCurrents, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Teaching Theology and Religion, the Encyclopedia of Religious Freedom, the Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in America, the Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures and the Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies, among others. Her current project, “Encounters of Intimate Sisterhood? Polygyny in the World of African American Muslims,” is forthcoming from University Press of Florida.

She also has served as a resource for several media groups including The Washington Post, and she has appeared on NPR’s “News and Notes.”

This lecture is hosted by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and co-sponsored by WomanStats.

This lecture will be archived at kennedy.byu.edu/archive. For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or lee_simons@byu.edu.

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Writer: Mel Gardner

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