Council on Foreign Relations’ Isobel Coleman to Discuss Islamic Feminism in President’s Series Lecture Feb. 22

Posted February 14th, 2011 at 2:08 pm.

isobel-colemanOver the centuries and throughout the world, women have struggled for equality and basic rights. Their challenge in the Middle East has been intensified by the rise of a political Islam that too often condemns women’s empowerment as Western cultural imperialism or, worse, anti-Islamic.

In her new book Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East, Isobel Coleman shows how Muslim women and men are fighting back with progressive interpretations of Islam to support women’s rights in a growing movement of Islamic feminism.

Coleman will be talking about her book at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Carpenter Library, room B21. The talk is free and open to the public. Facebook users can go to the lecture’s event page to let friends know they’re attending.

Additional spring 2011 Presidential Lectures:

March 17: Cathie Black, chancellor of New York City’s Department of Education and former head of Hearst Magazines.

Coleman is Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she focuses on the Middle East and South Asia. She is the director of CFR’s Civil Society, Markets and Democracy Initiative. She is also the director of the Council’s Women and Foreign Policy Program. Her areas of expertise include democratization, civil society and economic development, regional gender issues, educational reform, and microfinance.

In addition to Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East, Coleman is the author of Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President and Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security. Her writings have also appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and online venues such as the Huffington Post.

A Marshall Scholar, Coleman holds a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree in public policy and East Asian studies from Princeton University.

For more on Coleman, visit her website.

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