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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Asma Barlas, professor of Politics, taught a three week long seminar on Muslim women's rights and Islamic feminism in St. Petersburg, Russia, in July as part of an advanced study program at the New York Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture.

NYI is housed in St. Petersburg University and is a collaboration with the State University of New York (SUNY, Stony Brook). Since its inception in 2003, more than 1,000 students from 40 countries and over 50 Russian Federation cities have attended the Institute: http://www.nyi.spb.ru

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