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Based on a decade of research on Muslim women’s activism, both globally and in the U.S., this talk offers reflections on the relationship between activism as practice and the role of interpretation, especially of the Qur’an, as both discourse and practice. It considers notions of gender justice and equality in their relationship to the construction of Islam as tradition on one hand and the influence of feminist theory on the other. Examples include the work of Musawah, a transnational Muslim women’s activist network, and domestic violence awareness work in the United States.



Juliane Hammer is associate professor and Kenan Rifai Scholar of Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in the study of American Muslims, contemporary Muslim thought, women and gender in Islam, and Sufism. She is the author of Palestinians Born in Exile: Diaspora and the Search for a Homeland (2005) and American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer (2012), as well as the co-editor ofA Jihad for Justice (with Kecia Ali and Laury Silvers, 2012) and the Cambridge Companion to American Islam (with Omid Safi, 2013). Her next book, Peaceful Families: American Muslim Efforts against Domestic Violence is forthcoming. She is currently working on a research project on marriage and sexuality in American Muslim communities.