Type: Public event

Human Rights, Gender, and Sexuality in the Islamic World

DISC/WCED Symposium

Date & time

Oct 27, 2016, 4:00-6:00 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public.

This symposium will bring together a diverse group of experts who have contributed to the conversation on human rights, gender, and LGBTQ movements in an Islamic context. Panelists will discuss the treatment of minorities in several parts of the Muslim world, 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, U-M

Respondent: Shirin Ebadi

Panelists: Asma Barlas, professor of politics, Ithaca College; Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History, U-M; Samar Habib, associate researcher, Centre for Gender Studies, University of London

This event is sponsored by the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC), an initiative housed at the U-M Islamic Studies Program. Visit digitalislam.umich.edu for more information.

Co-sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, International Institute, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, and Law School.