Islam, Gender, and Democracy

Since the Arab Awakening, the question of women's rights has become, in the view of Western commentators, the litmus test for Muslim societies in the age of democracy and liberalism. The issue is often framed as the opposition between liberal advocates of secular democracy and religious opponents of women's full equality.

A panel of scholars, including the Berkley Center's José Casanova and Jocelyne Cesari, will examine this binary opposition and reframe the debate around Islam and women's rights. Participants will provide a broader comparison across religious traditions and cultures through a discussion of religion, secularism, democracy, and gender equality in France, Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, and the United States.

This event is cosponsored by the Berkley Center and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security. A reception will follow.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event page.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:00pm to 6:45pm

Healy Hall, Riggs Library
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

Event Type

Academic Events


Georgetown College, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs


Islam, Gender, Democracy, international affairs

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