By Micaela Huerta
Matthew Pierce, a former recipient of the CAS Dean’s Fellowships issued for the support of Muslim Studies initiatives, contributed a chapter in the new book entitled Women, Leadership and Mosques. The editors, Mosooda Bano and Hilary Lambach, accepted submissions from academia researching the trends of the contemporary Muslim women, and current changes in Islamic traditions towards women in leadership. His chapter (“Remembering Fāṭimah: New Means of Legitimizing Female Authority in Contemporary Shīʿī Discourse”) discusses the shifting role of Shīʿīte women in leadership. His research was funded in part by the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations.
Currently, Pierce works at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky as a faculty member for the Department of Religion. His focus remains the study of cultural symbols of Shi’ite and Sunni opinion regarding issues of gender and authority.