'Women Shall Lead Them,' Amina Wadud

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By Gail Hairston

One of the most recognized contemporary Islamic feminists in the world visits the University of Kentucky this week. Amina Wadud’s address is titled “Women Shall Lead Them: Islamic Reform 21st Century.”

Wadud will trace the Muslim Women's Movement from an inside personal-spiritual course to its global conditions and challenges towards a new paradigm changing the future. Her address is slated at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in William T. Young Library's UK Athletics Auditorium.

Their path has been difficult, but the rewards are unprecedented. Muslim women are creating more viable, necessary and creative reforms than any other sector of Islamic post-modernism.

Wadud’s lecture will cover the rise of Islamic feminism and its direct relationship with both secular Muslim feminism and political Islam. It will feature her analysis and experiences spanning four decades of scholarship and activism in more than 60 countries.

Wadud believes Islamic feminism is born out of this time and travel, but it is still growing and its impact, she believes, will continue the course towards an inevitable future of equality and justice for all.

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