2009 Spring Muslim Women: Contemporary Realities

April 29, 2009

Afsāneh Najmābādi

Afsaneh Najmabadi teaches History and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Her last book, Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian […]

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April 23, 2009

Farzaneh Milani

Born and raised in Teheran, Iran, Farzaneh Milani attended French primary and secondary schools. She earned her BA in French Literature in 1970 from California State University at Hayward. Transferring […]

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April 22, 2009

“Jihad for Love”

“A Jihad for Love” is Mr. Sharma’s debut and is the world’s first feature documentary to explore the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality. Parvez enters the many worlds […]

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“Inside Out”

Maria is a middle-aged single woman with three children. Saman is a newly married young man. Arash is an eighteen-year-old high-school dropout. They have one thing in common: They are […]

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April 16, 2009

“7 Zan Filmsaz-e Nabina” (7 Blind Female Filmmakers)

This extraordinary omnibus film presents seven shorts made by a group of blind women who each participated in a yearlong filmmaking workshop initiated by director Mohammad Shirvani. Each short opens […]

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April 15, 2009

“Salt of This Sea”

SYNOPSIS: Soraya, born in Brooklyn in a working class community of Palestinian refugees, arrives in Israel and faces the usual cold humiliation at passport control once they learn her family […]

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April 8, 2009

Rhoda Kanaaneh

Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh is currently a visiting scholar in the Department of Middle East and Islamic Studies at New York University. She is the author of the award-winning book Birthing […]

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April 2, 2009


Marjane Satrapi grew up wearing sneakers and beating up boys. She wanted to grow up to be a saint. When she was ten years old, her world changed overnight. Girls […]

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March 26, 2009

“Shahiha – Brides of Allah”

A women’s prison in Israel. Palestinian women who had planned or taken part in a suicide bombing are held here. The Israeli filmmaker questions the women about the circumstances and […]

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March 25, 2009

Amina Wadud

“Amina Wadud is currently visiting Scholar at the Starr King School of the Ministry, Berkeley, CA. In 2008 she retired as Professor of Islamic Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) […]

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March 5, 2009

“Football Under Cover”

The members of the Iranian women’s international football (soccer) team possess a dedication to the sport rivaling that of any other group of players in the world. What they lack, […]

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March 4, 2009

Maysoon Zayid

Maysoon Zayid was the first comedian to perform standup live in Palestine, performing in Nazareth, Haifa, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Jerusalem. She has performed on Comedy Central’s The Watch List and […]

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March 3, 2009

Roya Hakakian

Roya Hakakian has collaborated on over a dozen hours of programming for leading journalism units on network television, including 60 Minutes and on A& E’s “Travels With Harry”, and ABC […]

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Lara Deeb

This event is sponsored by the Malott Commons Tuesday Noon Academy series.

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February 26, 2009

Pardis Mahdavi

Pardis Mahdavi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College and a consultant for the International Women’s Health Coalition. She received her Masters in International Affairs (MIA), Master of Arts […]

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February 18, 2009

“Dah be alaveh chahar” (10+4)

In this sequel to Abbas Kiarostami’s “Ten”, Mania Akbari, the leading actress of the film, again drives a car and talks to her son, her sister and other people. Her […]

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February 12, 2009

“3 Zan” (3 Women)

“Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Manijeh Hekmat unfurls a beautifully paced, visually rich and emotionally insightful story about a family of three women. On a day that should be ordinary, Minoo, a […]

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January 29, 2009

“Dinner with the President: A Nation’s Journey”

What are the implications for democracy in Pakistan when secular political parties have succumbed to the Islamic agenda? What does it mean when the army appears to be the only […]

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January 28, 2009

Khaled Abou El Fadl

Khaled Abou El Fadl is one of the leading authorities in Islamic law in the United States and Europe. He was named as a 2005 Carnegie Scholar in Islamic studies. […]

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