Next SFC Dialogue Explores the Role of Muslim Women in Peace and Justice

In a world seeking peace, cross-cultural understanding is paramount. An upcoming speaker at South Franklin Circle will underscore that perspective.

An activist for pluralism, religious freedom and women’s roles in creating just societies, Daisy Khan will bring her message of tolerance and understanding to the SFC community at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17.

Her talk is part of SFC’s Dialogue Series, a monthly program where experts in their respective fields come to South Franklin Circle to lead stimulating discussions designed to inform and inspire the community.

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, SFC resident and chair of the program committee responsible for the series, counts Ms. Khan as a personal friend and respected colleague in the journey toward preparing women for roles of religious leadership.

“Hers is a call to scholarship,” Rev. Campbell says of Ms. Khan’s work, which has garnered international attention. “She’s a Muslim moderate – and a brilliant thinker – who has taken a very special interest in the role of women in Islam, and how they can work within their religion to achieve more of a leadership role in their society.”

An architect by training, Ms. Khan founded Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) in 2006 to build a cohesive, global movement of Muslim women. Since then, WISE has worked tirelessly to promote women’s rights and empower them to make dignified choices and fully participate in creating just and flourishing societies.

In the process, Ms. Khan has received numerous awards, most notably the Edinburgh Peace Award, the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, and Women’s E-News Seven Who Topple Tyrannies. She also contributes frequently to the Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog and has been quoted in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, the Saudi Gazette, and the Khaleej Times.

Rev. Campbell says attendees at the Nov. 17 program can expect Ms. Khan’s talk to extend well beyond women’s issues to include a general discussion of Islam and how negative stereotypes of Muslims interfere with understanding. It’s an important topic with broad implications for our global future.

“People have biases, even here at South Franklin Circle,” says Rev. Campbell. “The only way to build against cultural and religious prejudice is by listening to reasoned people from within those cultures discuss their point of view. Otherwise, prejudice can be very detrimental to the peace-building process.”

“Muslim Women: Promoting Peace and Justice” will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public at South Franklin Circle retirement community, 16575 S. Franklin St., Bainbridge Township.


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