Gender, Religion and Law in Muslim Societies

January 18, 2013 - 9:00am to January 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

This workshop will bring together experts on gender, Islam, and various Muslim communities to explore the divergences and points of contact between the flourishing work of those who could be termed "Islamic feminists" and the local, but widely appealing, work of those who might best be called "Islamist women." Bringing together international scholars who work on different regions--from Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa--this project will examine these activist projects in light of the everyday lives of the women in between to whom they seek to appeal, paying close attention to diverse political and social contexts.


  • Lila Abu-Lughod, Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies
  • Katherine Pratt Ewing, Professor of Religion
  • Anupama Rao, Associate Professor of History (Barnard College, Columbia University)

As a Global Initiative, the upcoming workshop at Columbia Global Centers | Europe follows the workshop which took place in Spring 2010 at Columbia Global Centers | Middle East in Amman and culminated in the publication SocialDifference-Online (December 2011).