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Dr. Raana Akbar Memorial Lecture Series

The Dr. Raana Akbar Memorial Lecture Series on Islam in partnership with The SVSU Edwards Lecture Series and The Dow Visiting Scholars Lecture Series presents . . .

Women and Islam: Unity and Diversity in a Global Tradition

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

This event will be virtual. Use the QR code or follow this link to register/view online.

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Kecia Ali PortraitGuest Speaker

Kecia Ali
Boston University

Kecia Ali is a professor of religion and chair of the religion department at Boston University. Her research ranges from Islam’s formative period to the present, and focuses on Islamic law; gender and sexuality; and religious biography. She is the author of several books including “The Lives of Muhammad” and “Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence.” Her work explores the complex intertwining of Muslim and Western norms about gender, sexuality, and marriage. Her current projects include an introductory book, “Women in Muslim Traditions,” as well as work on gender, ethics, and popular fiction. You can read more about her work at

The Raana Akbar Memorial Lecture on Islam and Culture was established in 2011 by Dr. Waheed Akbar in memory of his wife Raana, a former member of the SVSU Board of Control, physician and community leader. The Dow Visiting Scholars and Artists program was established through an endowment from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to enrich our regional cultural and intellectual opportunities.


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