Kecia Ali

Associate Professor of Religion

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Ph.D., Religion, Duke University

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Kecia Ali (Ph.D., Religion, Duke University) held research and teaching fellowships at Brandeis University and Harvard Divinity School before joining the BU faculty in 2006. Her research addresses Islamic religious texts, especially jurisprudence; women in both classical and contemporary Muslim discourses; and religious biography. Her books include Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith,… Read more

Kecia Ali (Ph.D., Religion, Duke University) held research and teaching fellowships at Brandeis University and Harvard Divinity School before joining the BU faculty in 2006. Her research addresses Islamic religious texts, especially jurisprudence; women in both classical and contemporary Muslim discourses; and religious biography. Her books include Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence (2006), Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam (2010), and Imam Shafi‘i: Scholar and Saint (2011).  Her current project explores Muslim and non-Muslim biographies of the Prophet Muhammad, with particular attention to modern thinking about his marriages and personal life. She serves as co-chair for the Study of Islam Section of the American Academy of Religion.

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  • Whose Sharia is it?

    May 27, 2014

    Feminism and Religion By Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences It has been a lousy month for Islamic law. First, there was the kidnapping and threatened sale of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram, which claimed religious acceptability for their acts. As Muslim theologian Jerusha Lamptey opined, this is not my sharia… View full article by expert Kecia Ali

  • Hollywood Protests Against Owners Of Beverly Hills Hotel

    May 11, 2014

    NPR “Morning Edition” Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences The hotel is part of a group owned by the Sultan of Brunei. The Southeast Asian country has enacted laws based on strict interpretations of Islam that impose restrictions on women and gays… Expert quote: “If his ordinance provokes a protest from the people who […]

  • Brunei’s Horrific New Penal Code — And Why It Matters

    May 11, 2014

    WBUR “Cognoscenti” By Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences Hollywood protests over Brunei’s new “sharia” penal code have caught the public imagination. It’s a depressingly familiar story: a repressive government aims to squash dissent while bolstering its Islamic credentials… View full article by expert Kecia Ali

  • Hollywood’s snub of Brunei-owned hotels over sharia law: Will it backfire?

    May 6, 2014

    Christian Science Monitor Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences As Hollywood celebrities join protests against the imposition of sharia criminal law in the tiny nation of Brunei, scholars and activists alike hope that this becomes more than just another “selfie” moment for high-profile glitterati… Expert quote: “Sharia is a term that gets tossed around […]

  • Child Marriages Rise Among Syrian Refugee Girls

    May 28, 2013

    The Atlantic Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences Nine Syrian refugee women gather in the living room of a house on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Jdeideh in the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syrian border… Expert quote: “Often, we think of child marriage as a practice of hardened patriarchs who give […]

  • Boston Bombing Suspect’s Body Buried in Virginia

    May 10, 2013

    Bloomberg Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body has been buried in a Muslim cemetery near Richmond, Virginia, according to the death certificate filed at Boston’s city hall… Expert quote: “Muslims hold different beliefs about marking the grave, in some places elaborate markers are used and in others, […]

  • Boston Bombing Suspect’s Body Buried at Undisclosed Site

    May 9, 2013

    Bloomberg Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body has been buried, according to Worcester, Massachusetts, police who didn’t disclose the location… Expert quote: “The idea that is most often expressed is that it is contrary to dignity. That it is not an honorable way of treating the body.” […]

  • Embracing The Veil — If Only For One Day

    May 2, 2013

    WBUR “Cognoscenti” By Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences “You’re scaring me, hovering over me like that,” said the stranger sitting at one end of the bench… View full article

  • Milestones and Musings by Kecia Ali

    February 28, 2013

    Feminism and Religion By Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences My first doctoral student defended his dissertation this week… View full article

  • Obama’s record in Muslim world: strides, setbacks

    September 20, 2012

    Associated Press Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences Images of angry mobs in Arab cities burning American flags and attacking U.S. diplomatic posts suggest the Muslim world is no less enraged at the United States than when President George W. Bush had to duck shoes hurled at him in Baghdad… View article

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