Convocation Speaker At Denison Discusses 'Gender And Islamic Fundamentalism'
Posted: October 23, 2001
GRANVILLE -- Haiden Moghissi, a professor of sociology at Atkinson College (Ontario, Canada), will discuss a topic which bears intimately on news stories of recent weeks at a Denison University Goodspeed Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 30) in Higley Hall Auditorium. "Gender and Islamic Fundamentalism" is the subject for this Iranian-born author of two books and researcher on issues of Islamic fundamentalism.
Moghissi, who also serves on the faculty of graduate studies at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, Toronto, has writtenPopulism and Feminism in Iran: Women's Struggle in a Male-Defined Revolutionary Movement(St. Martin's Press, 1994) andFeminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern Analysis(Oxford University Press, 2000). She has also co-authored this year, with Saeed Rahnema,The Working Class and the Islamic State in IranandClerical Oligarchy and the Question of Democracry. In addition, Moghissi has contributed numerous journal articles and chapters to books on the issue of gender in Islam.
Awarded a $750,000 (Canadian) grant to study "Diaspora, Islam and Gender" among migrant groups in Canada and similar populations in other countries, Moghissi will assess sources of conflict within families and problems of social integration. Last year, she was a guest lecturer on "Women in the Middle East" at the University of Hanover, Germany and on "At the Heart of the Struggle: Women and Democracy Debate in Iran" at an International Conference on Women and Society in the Middle East at Emek Yezreel College, Israel. A graduate of Tehran University, Moghissi, who emigrated in 1984, earned her master's and doctoral degrees at Queens University, Ontario. Her articles have been translated and reprinted in German, French and Persian.
Moghissi was given an award of recognition at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) in 1994 and won the Choice Outstanding Academic Books Award in 2000. She was a member of the editorial board for Resources for Feminist Research and served on the advisory boards of the Journal of Comparative Public Policy and the Routledge Women and Politics Series. In 1980/81 she was editor of Women in Struggle in Tehran. She also has given testimony before the Foreign Policy Committee of the Canadian Parliament.
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