Asma Barlas, professor of Politics and director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, gave a presentation at the first plenary session of the conference on "Re-imagining the Shari'a: Theory, Practice, and Muslim Pluralism," in Venice, Italy, on September 14th. The title of her paper was "The Qur'an, Shari'a, and Women's Rights."
Professor of politics Asma Barlas, director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, part of the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies, was invited by the Nordic Society for the Philosophy of Religion to give the keynote at its annual conference on Religion and the Politics of the Body at the University of Iceland, Reykjavek, on June 26.
The international background of politics professor Asma Barlas does more than just contribute to her teaching style -- it’s a big part of what she teaches. In and out of the classroom, Barlas challenges her Ithaca College counterparts to examine their beliefs and assumptions and view the world through a global lens.
Barlas grew up in Pakistan and studied English literature...