Category: Kecia Ali

Sex and sharia: Islamic erotica is fine – if it’s sold virtually

May 4th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences

Though Muslims’ attitudes to sex are as diverse as those in any other global religious community, the image of contemporary Islam is certainly not sexy…

Expert quote:

“The discourse of Islamic authenticity has had a stifling effect on intra-Muslim debates about sex and sexuality.”

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Experts Media Alert – White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

February 13th, 2015 in 2015, Adil Najam, Augustus Richard Norton, Farouk El-Baz, Joseph Wippl, Kecia Ali, Michael Corgan, News Releases, Robert Hefner 0 comments

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The White House will hold a “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” on February 18. According to a statement from the White House press secretary, the summit will “highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence, efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, and Paris.”

The following Boston University experts are available to offer commentary, insight and analysis on the summit:

Joseph Wippl, a professor of international relations at BU’s Pardee School of Global Studies, is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. His areas of expertise include security and intelligence, terrorism, and ISIS. He can be reached at 617-353-8992 or jwippl@bu.edu.

Michael Corgan is a professor of international relations at BU’s Pardee School of Global Studies. His areas of expertise include foreign policy, international security institutions, and ISIS. He has participated in extensive government service in political and military planning (especially NATO). He can be reached at 617-353-3553 or mcorgan@bu.edu.

Adil Najam, dean of BU’s Pardee School of Global Studies, is an expert in international diplomacy and development, Pakistan, and Muslim and South Asian politics. Dean Najam can be reached at 617-358-7238 or anajam@bu.edu and on Twitter @adilnajam

Augustus Richard Norton, a professor of international relations at BU’s Pardee School of Global Studies, is an expert on the Middle East, Islam, and ISIS. He can be reached at 617-353-7808 or arn@bu.edu and on Twitter @arnorton

Farouk El-Baz is the director of BU’s Center for Remote Sensing. He is an expert on Egypt, the Middle East, and ISIS. He can be reached at 617-353-5081 or farouk@bu.edu and on Twitter @ElBazFarouk

Kecia Ali, a professor of religion, is an expert in Islam, Islamic religious texts, and women in Islam. She can be reached at 617-353-4465 or ka@bu.edu and on Twitter @kecia_ali

Robert Hefner, a professor of anthropology, is an expert in Islam and Muslim culture. He can be reached at 617-353-7808 or rhefner@bu.edu.

For additional commentary by Boston University experts, follow us on Twitter at @BUexperts

 

In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer

February 1st, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences

A women-led mosque held its first jumma’a, or Friday prayer service, in Los Angeles this week. The group is hoping to strengthen the Muslim community in America by empowering the faith’s women…

Expert quote:

“The Women’s Mosque is one of a number of initiatives towards more inclusive worship.”

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Where Are Pakistan’s Female Muftis And Islamic Scholars?

January 31st, 2015 in 2015, Blogs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kecia Ali, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Kecia Ali, College of Arts & Sciences

“I have a problem. My husband said ‘talaaq’ (divorce) to me thrice in one sitting. Everyone says the divorce is final now although he revoked his decision within hours…

Expert quote:

“It is easier to perpetuate male authority and to cite men (even on ‘women’s issues’) than to acknowledge women’s voices, particularly where women do not have the same easily recognizable credentials or public profiles as their male counterparts. One way to begin to chip away at this disproportionate emphasis on male scholarship is to bring women’s voices and contributions to the fore on many issues, not just those concerning women.”

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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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