Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

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Conferences, Papers and Panels

  • Convenor, "Islamic Legal Reform Workshop", SSHRC-Funded, Vancouver, April 2017. 
  • Panelist, "Protecting Bodies, Protecting Rights: The role of Faith-Based Organizations in Enabling Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights", Formal Side Event to the 50th Session of the Commission on Population and Development at the United Nations, April 2017.
  • Discussant, "Screening: A Revolution in Four Seasons", Women in Film and Television, Vancouver International Film Festival, March 2017.
  • Interlocutor, "Student Master Class with Homa Hoodfar", University of British Columbia, March 2017. 
  • Panelist, “Scriptural Interpretation and Violence Against Women in Islam”, The Forum onWomen, Religion, Violence and Power at The Carter Center, February 2017.

  • Panelist, “Constructing a Feminist Heroine for Islam: Challenges and Opportunities”, Approaches to Kalam: Framing an Islamic-theological Anthropology Conference, Universität Paderborn, March 2016

  • Keynote Speaker, “(Im)Moral Scholarship: The Politics of Responsible Scholarship”, Graduate Research Conference in Ethnicity, Munk School of Global Affairs, January 2016
  • Keynote Panelist, “Scholars of Religion and the Media”, Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School, October 2015
  • Expert Commentator, “Sexual and Gender Based Violence working session”, Religion and Sustainable Development: Building Partnerships to End Extreme Poverty, July 2015. (Co-hosted by the World Bank Group) July, 2015
  • Panelist, “Representations of ISIS and the Public Understanding of Religion”, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University, April 2015
  • Panelist, “Gender Egalitarian Theology and Prophetic Practice: The Challenge of minimum marriage age” at Theorizing Gender and Islam Conference, Penn State University, University Park, December 2014
  • Panelist, “Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition”, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 2014
  • Panelist, “Naming Violence: Qur’ān Interpretation between Social Justice and Cultural Relativism”, Journal for Feminist Studies in Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, November 2014
  • Respondent, “Exegetical Twists and (Un)Ethical Turns: Genre and Interpretation in the Quran and Muslim Moral Literature”, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 2014
  • Panelist, “How Objective are the Objectives (Maqāṣid)? Examining Evolving Notions of the Sharī‘a through the lens of Lineage (Nasl)” at “International Conference on Maqāṣid al-Sharīah: The Objectives of Sharia and Contemporary Challenges”, Universität Paderborn, October, 2014
  • Panelist, “The Future of Religious Studies and the Public Understanding of Religion in a Global, Interconnected Age - Roundtable Discussion”, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University, May 2014. (co-panelists: Serene Jones - President of Union Theological Seminary, David Hempton - Dean of Harvard Divinity School, Erik Owens - Associate Director of Boisi Center for Religion & American Public Life at Boston College and Michael Kessler - Managing Director of the Berkely Center)
  • Panelist, “Criminalizing Domestic Violence in the U.A.E.: Analysis of Current State of Affairs and Recommendations”, International Conference on Gender and Human Rights in the Middle East at the Baker Institute, Rice University, Houston, April 2014.
  • Panelist, “Forging an Egalitarian Theology: Advocating for Minimum Age of Marriage in light of Muḥammad’s Marriage to ‘Ạ’isha”, Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, January 2014
  • Panelist, “What does the Prophetic Model Offer Muslim Feminists? The Role of Prophetic Practice (sunna) in Formulating Gender-Equal Legal Reform”, Gender Issues in Muslim Communities, Religion and Society Research Center, University of Western Sydney, December 2013
  • Panelist, “Towards a Gender-Egalitarian Islamic Law: The Case Study of Guardianship”, American Academy of Religion, November 2013
  • Panelist, “Scriptural Reasoning without the Scripture”, American Academy of Religion, November 2012
  • Panelist, “Revering ‘Western’ and ‘Modern’ Subjectivities: Applying a Feminist Theology to Islamic Law”, Journal of Law and Religion Conference at Hamline University, School of Law, October 2012
  • Panelist, “Teaching Islamic Law, Explaining the Shariah”, Pacific Northwest AAR, May 2012
  • Panelist, “Age and Aging in the Abrahamic Traditions: The Faith of Children”, American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, November 2011
  • Panelist, “How Theological Ethics are Theological: The Paradox of Deriving Muslim Ethics”, Societies for the Study of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Ethics, New Orleans, January 2011
  • Panelist, “Lexical Definitions of Husbandly and Wifely Nushūz in Qurʾānic Exegesis”, The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Tafsir, A Pre-Conference Workshop at the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, October 2010
  • Panelist, “The Ethics of Marital Discipline in Pre-Modern Qur’anic Exegesis”, Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, San Jose, January 2010
  • Panelist, “Theories and Methods in the Academic Study of Islam”, American Academy of Religion, Montreal, November 2009
  • Panelist,“Oncofertility as Divine Intervention”, Oncofertility Consortium Conference, Northwestern University, Chicago, July 2009
  • Co-organizer and Panelist, ““…I wanted one thing and God wanted another…”: The Dilemma of the Prophetic Example and the Qur’anic Injunction On Wife-Beating”, for panel: “The Disobedient Prophet: Tensions Between Qur’anic verses and Prophetic Practice”, American Academy of Religion, Chicago, November 2008
  • Co-Organizer and Panelist, “Hairy Legs and All: An Exploration of Ideal Womanhood and the Queen of Sheba of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam”, American Academy of Religion, Chicago, November 2008
  • Panelist, “Women Reading Texts on Marriage”, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 2007
  • Panelist, “Contemporary Hermeneutical Approaches to Wife-Beating in the Qur’an”, Critical Islamic Reflections Conference at Yale University, New Haven, April 2007
  • Organizer and Panelist, “The Problems of Conscience and Hermeneutics: A Survey of Contemporary Approaches to Qur’an 4:34”, American Academy of Religion, D.C., November 2006

Invited Scholarly Lectures

  • "Second Generation", Celebrating 25 years of Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study, April 2017.
  • "Studying Islam in the Age of Islamophobia", Feminist Conversations in Religion Series, Watertalks, April 2017.
  • “Reflecting on Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition Five years later, McGill University, February 2017
  • “Assimilation”, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study, February 2017
  • 15th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture, “Who gets to be a Prophet? Miracles, Privileges and the Discourse of Meritocracy”, Boise Centre for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College, April 2016
  • “The Colour of God: A Reading”, 2015-2016 Radcliffe Fellows Presentation Series, Harvard University, February 2016
  • “Is Islam oppressive or liberating for women? unpacking the question”, Aga Khan Museum, December 2015
  • “Master’s Dinner with Ayesha S. Chaudhry”, Lowell House, Harvard University, October 2015
  • “When Scriptures Hurt: Teaching Violent Sacred Texts”, University of British Columbia, October 2015
  • Who Speaks for the Qur'an? Exploring the line between Exegesis and Eisegesis, George Mason University, May 2015
  • “Reading the Qur’an in an Egalitarian Age: Modern Muslim Values, Ancient Muslim Texts”, California State University Sacramento, April 2015
  • “Women in Jewish and Muslim Legal Traditions: A Collaboration with Drs. Rachel Adler and Ayesha Chaudhry”, Chicago Theological Seminary, April 2015 (forthcoming)
  • “Guardianship (Wilayah) in Prophetic Practice”, Public Seminar on Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition, Musawah; Faculty of Theology, Study of Religions Unit,
    University of Helsinki; Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL),
    SOAS, University of London, London, March 2015 
  • “Scriptures Do Not Speak for Themselves: Exploring the Polysemic Nature of the Qur’an”, California Lutheran University, February 2015
  • “Imagining A New Muslim Legal Theology: An Intellectual History of Domestic Violence in Islam”, Sisters in Islam NGO, Malaysia, December 2014
  • “Contemporary Muslims as Tradition-Makers”, University of Malaya, Gender Studies Series Seminar, December 2014
  • “The Great Muslim Gender Debate: Learning to Disagree Agreeably”, Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia, December 2014
  • “Islamic Feminism in the Context of Religious Feminism”, Pennsylvania State University, December 2014
  • “If You Love the Tradition, Let it Go: Domestic Violence and the Islamic Legal Tradition”, Universita degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, October 2014
  • “The Catch 22 for Muslim Feminists: Choosing between Authority and Equality”, The Carter Center, June 2014
  • “Seizing Authority: Modelling a Gender-Equal Islamic Hermeneutic”, Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, June 2014
  • “Imagining a Gender Equal Shari’a: Exploring the Influence of Qur’ān Interpretation on Islamic Law”, International Summer Program, Simon Fraser University, June 2014
  • “Creating a Legal Framework that Recognizes Marriage as a Partnership of Equals”, Workshop Participant with Musawah and Moroccan Rabita of Ulema, November 8-10, 2013
  • “Deriving Qur'anic Law: Are all Commands Legal Injunctions?”, Faculty Colloquium, University of British Columbia Law School, March 2013
  • "An Issue of Cosmological Proportions: Constructing Gender in Pre-modern and Modern Tafsīr", Islamic Studies Lecture Series at Georgetown University, March 2013 
  • “W/resting Authority: The Muslim Debate on Gender Equality”, University of Puget Sound, February 2013 
  • “Women in the Qur’ān: Competing Ideals of Femininity”, University of Lethbridge, April 2012
  • “Submissive Texts: The role of Optative Cosmologies in Interpretations of Islamic Source Texts”, Women’s and Gender Studies Lecture Series, March 2012
  • “Researching Gender, Race and Social Justice: Celebrating 20 years”, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, UBC, November 2011
  • "Difficult Verses and Religious Identity: Muslim women reading the Qur’an", Bard College, November 2010
  • “Jauss’ Reception theory and the Qur’an”, Cambridge University, June 2010
  • “Muslims in America: The Lower Manhattan Mosque Controversy and Beyond”, Colgate University, October 2010
  • “The Female Subject in Lalla Essaydi’s Art” at the exhibition of Lalla Essaydi Photographs:  L’Écriture Feminine / Le Corps Feminin at the Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University, April 2010
  • “A Few Modern Muslim Approaches to Difficult Scriptural Texts”, Women’s Studies lecture, Colgate University, October 2009
  • “Domestic Violence in Islam”, Brown University, October 2009
  • “ The Divinely Ordered Social Hierarchy of Marriage”, International Institute of Islamic Thought, July 27 2009
  • “Poverty, Debt-Relief, Teaching and Learning”, Tutu Center for Reconciliation, Graduate Theological Seminary, NY, September 2007
  • “Hermeneutic Approaches to Domestic Violence in Islam”, New York University, March 2007
  • “Ibn Arabi and the Oneness of God.” Hofstra University, March 2006
  • “Women in the Qur’an”, Brown University, March 2006
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