by KRISTIAN PETERSEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES, on NOVEMBER 11, 2012:
In 2005, Amina Wadud led a mixed-gender congregation of Muslims in prayer. This event became the focal point of substantial media attention and highlighted some of the tensions within the Muslim community. However, this prayer gathering was the culmination of a series of events and embodied several ongoing intra-Muslim debates. In American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer (University of Texas Press, 2012), Juliane Hammer, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, outlines the circumstances leading up to the prayer event and employs it as point of convergence to explore the multiple discourses surrounding Muslim gender issues.
Assistant Professor of Religion Kristian Petersen discusses “progressive” Muslims, feminism, the permissibility and validity of women lead prayer, the hijab, book covers, mosques, and more with Hammer in short interview here.