Invited Talk

De Montfort University, Hawthorn Building, Room 0.07
02/04/2019 (12:00-13:30)
Saba Fatima is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She has published on issues of social and political significance to Muslims in the west in in Social Theory and PracticeHypatiaSocial Philosophy Today, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, and Journal of Islamic Philosophy. Her research interests include non-ideal theory, social and political within prescriptive Islam, Muslim issues within a framework of feminist and race theory, and more recently, social epistemology. You can learn more about her work here.

Abstract: The talk examines the significance of an intersectional lens in establishing the unique and specific challenges that Muslim women face within a western context as part of the #MeToo movement. The talk explores the ways that the movement is hijacked and co-opted within a western political context toward a neoliberal agenda. It also investigates some of the religious justifications used to hinder the progress of the #MeToo movement, for example, appeals to gender segregation and to unity within the Muslim ummah (nation) at the expense of Muslim women.

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