The relationship between Women and Islamism in the Arab world is very complicated, some believe that the emergence of Islamism in recent decades has been bad form women’s rights.
Others disagree and insist that Islamism has empowered women and allowed them to play broad public role and resist injustices prevailing in their respective societies, citing the role played and continues to be played by women in the democratic changes that has swapped the Arab world.
A group of respected specialists from London, Cambridge, Birmingham, and Lancaster are debating these issues and discussing the current discourse between women, Islamism and female forms of resistance in the Arab world at a one-day conference to be held at the department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham on 27 of June 2011. All are welcome.
11.00-11:10 Introduction to the conference
11:15-11:45 Islam: doctrine and praxis in the contemporary world
11:45-12:15: Islamist discourse on Gender and Feminism in Egypt.
12.00 - 12:30 Coffee break
12:30 - 13.00 Liberation or exploitation? Palestinian women and the right to resist.
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 Islamist women in the Middle East: connections and implications for Muslim women’s activisms in the West
14:30 - 15.00: From Liberation to Resistance, Women in Iraq.
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00 Post- Islamist revivalism, Syrian women and the Da’wa movement.
Elisabeth Buergener, University of Birmingham
16.00 - 16:30 Panel discussion and conclusion