The International Linguistic Association invited Asma Barlas (Politics) to give a plenary address at its 63rd annual conference on April 21.

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Asma Barlas, Politics, presented a paper, "When Gender is a Problem in Qur'anic Exegesis,"  at a workshop on Gender and Tafsir Studies at the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute (NYUAD) on April 9.

The paper questions the usefulness of using gender as a category to interpret some of the Qur'an's teachings and also argues against the essentialist notion that women's readings of scripture (or, texts in general) are necessarily a corrective to men's.

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Editorial poses false dichotomy

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Asma Barlas, professor of Politics, gave a talk on Muslim women's rights and Islamic feminism at St. Olaf College (Minnesota) on October 19th. This was at the invitation of the Student Government Association's Political Awareness Committee.

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