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After centuries of feeling excluded, demonized, and separated from their spiritual tradition, progressive Muslims throughout the world are challenging the right of legal scholars and male spiritual leaders to determine the essence of their spirituality. This has manifested itself in an assertion of the right to occupy space in a mosque to pray or to act as an imam, or Muslim spiritual leader. Recent years have seen the proliferation of alternative and inclusive mosque spaces created by individuals who have seen their gender presentations, sexuality, and lifestyle choices condemned by the mainstream Muslim community.
Join speakers Rabi’a Keeble, Ahoo Najafian, and Sughra Ahmed for a roundtable discussion on the changing face of Muslim gender politics, activism, and its challenges.
Rabi’a Keeble is Imam of women’s mosque, Masjid Qalbu Maryam in Berkeley.
Ahoo Najafian is Ira T. Wender Postdoctoral Scholar in Middle East Studies at Carleton College.
Sughra Ahmed is Associate Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University.
Moderated by Alaina Morgan, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University.