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The Current Status of Women’s Rights in the Muslim World: Giving Voice to Muslim Women

Thu, 18 Oct, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join the Council and the Embrey Human Rights Program at SMU for a FREE and enlightening panel discussion on the current status of women’s rights in the Muslim world. This program does not require advance registration. If you would like to attend this event, please arrive at the SMU McCord Auditorium at 7:00 PM. Panelists include:

Please Note

Parking may be difficult due to the SMU football game on the same night as the event. Please view this map to find program parking and use this pass for free parking.



Moderator: Dr. Barbara Harlow

University of Texas: Austin

Barbara Harlow is the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literatures and taught at the American University in Cairo, University College Galway, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg and in Durban. She authored Resistance Literature, Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention, After Lives: Legacies of Revolutionary Writing, and co-edited Imperialism and Orientalism: A Documentary Sourcebook and Archives of Empire: Vol 1 and Vol 11. She is working on a bio-biography of the South African activist, Ruth First. Interests include “imperialism and orientalism” and “literature and human rights/social justice.”

Manal Hamzeh

New Mexico State University

Bio coming soon.

Dr. Fawzia Khan

Montclaire State University: New Jersey

Fawzia Afzal-Khan holds a Phd in English Literature from Tufts University and is full Professor at Montclair State University, NJ. She is author of several books of scholarly criticism: Cultural Imperialism and the Indo-English Novel : Genre and Ideology in the works of RK Narayan, Kamala Markandaya, Anita Desai and Salman Rushdie (Penn State Press 1993), The PreOccupation of Postcolonial Studies (co-edited with Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks, Duke University Press, 2000), A Critical Stage: the Role of Secular Alternative Theatre in Pakistan (Seagull Press, 2005), and editor of the recent best-selling anthology, Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Interlink Books 2005). She is also the author of Lahore with Love: Growing Up With Girlfriends, Pakistani-Style, set in Lahore and America . (Create Space, 2010). She has published scholarly articles on Feminist and Postcolonial Theory and Criticism and Performance and Cultural Studies in NWSA Journal, TDR (The Drama Review), Social Text, Womanist Theory and Research, Wasafiri, The Journal of South Asian Studies and other journals, and is on the Advisory Board of the South Asian Review. She has lectured all over the world, and is winner of several prestigious fellowships, including the W.E.B Dubois Fellowship at Harvard University, a Rotary Fellowship, and an American Institute of Pakistan Studies grant and a Fulbright. She is a performance artist, working in the classical vocal North Indian tradition, and founding member of the theatre collective, Faim de Siecle, with whom she recently performed in the World Premiere of Five Streams at Asia Society, Manhattan. Fawzia is also a published poet, a finalist in the Annual Greenburgh Poetry Competition of 2000. Her most recent assignment was to set up a Postcolonial studies Graduate Program at Government College University, Lahore, where she was invited by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan in Fall of 2005.

Dr. Samar Habib

UC Berkeley

Samar Habib is an Affiliated Scholar at UC Berkeley and a visiting Professor at San Francisco State , teaching Gender and Modernity in Arab and Muslim Communities, at the department of Women and Gender Studies. She received her doctorate from the University of Sydney in 2007 and worked as a tenured lecturer in Gender and Islamic Studies before coming to the United States to continue to teach and research in her area of expertise. Habib is the author of several academic works, including Female Homosexuality in the Middle East (New York and London: Routledge, 2007 & 2009) and Arabo-Islamic Texts on Female Homosexuality (New York: Teneo, 2009). She is the translator of I Am You (New York: Cambria, 2008) and the editor of Islam and Homosexuality, in two volumes, (Oxford, Denver, Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2010). Shorter academic works appear or are forthcoming in Enter Text, ISIM Review, History of Feminist Thought and LGBT Transnational Identity. She is an editorial board member of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature (founded by fellow Australian, Germaine Greer, in 1982); the chief-editor of Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship; and the co-founder and publisher of African Nebula and nebu[lab] (edited by Michael Angelo Tata). Her creative works include the novel A Tree Like Rain and the chapbook Islands in Space. Her poetry and fiction have also appeared in Arabesques, Joussour, The Liquid Mirror and nebu[lab].

In partnership with

Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University  Donna Wilhelm

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
Time: 7:00 PM Program
Place: MAP Southern Methodist University
306 Dallas Hall/McCord Auditorium
3225 University Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205
Tickets: Free

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