After Words with Asra Nomani
Asra Nomani discussed her book Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam, published by… read more
Asra Nomani discussed her book Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam, published by HarperSanFrancisco. She discussed her campaign against sexism in her local mosque in Morgantown, West Virginia. She was interviewed by Akbar Ahmed, an Islamic scholar and professor at American University. A few photographs were shown.
Asra Nomani is a former Wall Street Journal correspondent. She has also written for the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Time magazine on Islam. She covered the war in Afghanistan for Salon, and her work has appeared in Cosmo, Sports Illustrated for Women, and People. Ms. Nomani currently lives in Morgantown, West Virginia with her son. There, she challenged rules at her mosque that required women enter through a back door and pray in a secluded balcony and is on trial at her mosque to be banished. Ms. Nomani is the founder and creator of the Muslim Women’s Freedom Tour. On March 1, 2005, she posted on the doors of her mosque in Morgantown “99 Precepts for Opening Hearts, Minds and Doors in the Muslim World.” She was the lead organizer of the woman-led Muslim prayer in New York City on March 18, 2005. She was a visiting scholar at the Center for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She is the author of Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love.
Akbar Ahmed holds the Chair of Islamic Studies and is a professor of international studies at American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ahmed is an anthropologist, writer, and filmmaker and the author of numerous books on contemporary Islam, such as Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society and Postmodernism and Islam: Predicament and Promise, Islam Under Siege, and is co-editor of a new compilation of essays titled After Terror: Accelerating Dialogue among Civilizations. close
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