Category: Kecia Ali

Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet

October 20th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences

The Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was one of the most influential men in human history — but there’s little we can say about his life with historical certainty. The details of his life have been debated and manipulated ever since he walked the earth in the seventh century AD…

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Whose Sharia is it?

May 27th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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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…

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Hollywood Protests Against Owners Of Beverly Hills Hotel

May 11th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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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 seem to be the epitome of what he’s trying to eradicate from his society, then it might actually bolster his image.”

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

May 11th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, WBUR 0 comments

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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…

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

May 6th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers 0 comments

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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 a lot.”

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Child Marriages Rise Among Syrian Refugee Girls

May 28th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers, The Atlantic 0 comments

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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 absolutely no thought to their daughters’ wellbeing. But in a situation where sexual violence is feared, marrying a girl off is perceived in some instances as a way to ensure that she’s able to make a good match. So it’s done out of concern for her welfare.”

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Boston Bombing Suspect’s Body Buried in Virginia

May 10th, 2013 in 2013, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers 0 comments

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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, graves are left unmarked.”

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Boston Bombing Suspect’s Body Buried at Undisclosed Site

May 9th, 2013 in 2013, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers 0 comments

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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.”

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Embracing The Veil — If Only For One Day

May 2nd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, WBUR 0 comments

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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…

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Milestones and Musings by Kecia Ali

February 28th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences

My first doctoral student defended his dissertation this week…

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