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Amina Wadud: Why she kicks ass
She is an American scholar of Islam with a progressive focus on Qur’an exegesis (interpretation). 
As an Islamic feminist, she has addressed mixed-sex congregations, giving a sermon in South Africa in 1994, and leading Friday prayers in the United States in 2005. These actions broke with the law of having only male imams (prayer leaders), and thus she triggered debate and Muslim juristic discourse about women as imams.
She has spoken at universities, grass roots level, government and non-government forums at various gatherings throughout the United States, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.
Some of her speaking engagements have included the keynote address “Islam, Justice, and Gender” (2008 international conference Understanding Conflicts), a paper titled “Islam Beyond Patriarchy Through Gender Inclusive Qur’anic Analysis”(2009 Musawah - Equality and Justice in the Family conference) and  a public lecture titled “Muslim Women and Gender Justice: Methods, Motivation and Means” to the Faculty of Arts, Asia Institute, at the University of Melbourne, Australia in February 2010

Amina Wadud: Why she kicks ass

  • She is an American scholar of Islam with a progressive focus on Qur’an exegesis (interpretation). 
  • As an Islamic feminist, she has addressed mixed-sex congregations, giving a sermon in South Africa in 1994, and leading Friday prayers in the United States in 2005. These actions broke with the law of having only male imams (prayer leaders), and thus she triggered debate and Muslim juristic discourse about women as imams.
  • She has spoken at universities, grass roots level, government and non-government forums at various gatherings throughout the United States, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.
  • Some of her speaking engagements have included the keynote address “Islam, Justice, and Gender” (2008 international conference Understanding Conflicts), a paper titled “Islam Beyond Patriarchy Through Gender Inclusive Qur’anic Analysis”(2009 Musawah - Equality and Justice in the Family conference) and  a public lecture titled “Muslim Women and Gender Justice: Methods, Motivation and Means” to the Faculty of Arts, Asia Institute, at the University of MelbourneAustralia in February 2010
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    Fun fact: she taught at VCU until she conducted her first mixed-sex prayer. she received multiple death threats...
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