Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Shi'i Islamism and Gender in Iraq

On Tuesday, April 17 at 4:30pm in Paino Lecture Hall, Beneski Hall at Amherst College, Anwar Alkhalldy, Five College Women's Studies Research Associate from Free University of Berlin, will give a talk entitled “Shi'i Islamism and Gender in Iraq: The Life and Work of Bint al-Huda in the Memory and Agenda of Shi`i Women's Activism in Iraq since 2OO3“.

This presentation focuses on gender perspectives in Iraq, examining religious Shi'i women's activism in the context of the Shi’a Movement. A wide range of women in the political, religious and educational fields make use of the written heritage of Bint al-Huda and in their practices they frequently refer to the life of the famous female teacher. This paper seeks to contribute to a better understanding of Shi’a movement and gender in Iraq both before and after the fall of the Ba’ath regime in 2003. Theoretically it situates itself in the fields of memory studies and studies on social movements. This talk is co-sponsored with the Amherst College Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. (Alkhalldy flyer)