‘Gender, Human Rights and Islam’ panel discussion

A panel discussion titled “Gender, Human Rights and Islam,” featuring Shaheen S. Ali, visiting professor in the School of Law, will be held at 4:15 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom of Anheuser-Busch Hall.

Ali will present “Application of Islamic Law in Diasporic Communities: A Feminist Perspective.”

Ali is a professor of law at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. She is teaching a course at WUSTL called “Gender, Islam and Human Rights.”

A native of Pakistan, Ali served as minister for health for that country’s Northwest Frontier Province in 2001. She has written five books and more than two dozen articles on human rights, family law, alternative dispute resolution, women’s rights, ethnic minority issues in Pakistan, and gender, law and development.

Also scheduled to present during the panel discussion are:

  • Ahmet T. Karamustafa, Ph.D., director of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies and associate professor of history and of Religious Studies, all in Arts & Sciences. He will address “Islamic Law and Modernity.”
  • Stephen T. Legomsky, Ph.D., the Charles F. Nagel Professor of International and Comparative Law. His topic is “Religion, Gender and Asylum.”
  • Sunita A. Parikh, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Arts & Sciences, who will speak on “Religious Law, Custom and Gender in South Asia.”
  • Leila Nadya Sadat, J.D., the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law. She will talk about “Religion, Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy.”
  • John R. Bowen, Ph.D., the Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences and professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, who will address “Islamic Norms in Europe: The State of Debate.”

The panel discussion is sponsored by the Pluralism, Politics & Religion Initiative in Arts & Sciences and the Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies.

For more information, call 935-5252.