Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Asifa Qureshi Event Invitation

Note: This is part of a series of posts about one event. Please see http://ifaqeer.blogspot.com/2006/05/event-with-asifa-qureshi-at-stanford.html for the main page on this discussion.

Here's what I posted to local Muslim lists and a few other activists lists I am asking about Prof. Qureshi when I first heard about the event below.

I am not familiar with this name--which is most probably my own shortcoming, because she seems to be working on issues related to both the country I was born in and the one I am a citizen of (Pakistan and Nigeria--I have lived in what is now the capital of Zamfara State).

Does anyone else have a take on this scholar?

I think I will try to make it to the event. From the profile, it seems, at least at first blush, like she's coming from a perspective
that we don't see very often--that of an "Islamic" critique of what is currently passing for "Islamism"--and need so sorely.


<-----Original Message----->
>Western Advocacy for Muslim Women:
>It's Not Just the Thought that Counts
>with Professor Asifa Quraishi
>Thursday, May 25th, 7PM
>Jordan Hall
>Building 420, Room 41 (Lower Level - Psychology Department)
>Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
>Drawing on her experiences working on Islamic law relating to women and
>resulting encounters with transnational feminist work, Asifa Quraishi explains
>how some efforts by well-intentioned non-Muslim feminist groups have the
>unintended consequences that actually end up hurting the Muslim women they seek
>to help. Examples will include stories from the 1995 Beijing UN World
>Conference on Women, recent criminal prosecutions of adultery cases in Nigeria
>and Pakistan, and the general nature of feminist discourses in Muslim and
>non-Muslim circles.
>Presented by:
>Islamic Society of Stanford University
>Directions to Jordan Hall:
>Salman Latif - slatif@stanford.edu
>Asifa Quraishi
>Assistant Professor of Law
>University of Wisconsin Law School
>LL.M., Columbia Law School
>J.D., University of California-Davis
>B.A., University of California-Berkeley
>Teaching and Research Interests
>Comparative Law
>Constitutional Law
>Asifa Quraishi, a specialist in Islamic law and legal theory, joined the
>University of Wisconsin Law School faculty in Fall 2004. Professor Quraishi's
>expertise ranges from U.S. law on federal court practice to
constitutional legal
>theory, with a comparative focus in Islamic law.
>At the UW Law School, Quraishi is teaching a combination of core law school
>classes in Constitutional Law, and electives in Islamic law and jurisprudence.
>Quraishi received her B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of
>California-Berkeley in 1988. In 1992, she received her law degree from the
>University of California-Davis, where she served as Senior Research Editor for
>the UC- Davis Law Review. She also earned an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law
>School, and an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School is nearing completion.
>Her professional experience includes serving as a judicial law clerk with Judge
>Edward Dean Price on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
>California and as the death penalty law clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of
>Asifa Quraishi made news in 2001 when she drafted a clemency appeal
brief in the
>case of Bariya Ibrahim Magazu, who was sentenced to flogging for fornication in
>Zamfara, Nigeria. Quraishi is a founding member of the National Association of
>Muslim Lawyers (NAML) and the California group American Muslims Intent on
>Learning and Activism (AMILA). She is an associate of the Muslim
Women's League,
>and has served as past president and board member of Karamah: Muslim Women for
>Lawyers for Human Rights. She also served as an Islamic law and culture
>consultant for the JAG episode "The Princess and the Petty Officer."
>Asifa Quraishi's recent publications include:
>* No Altars: a Survey of Islamic Family Law in the United States, in Women's
>Rights and Islamic Family Law, Lynn Welchman, editor (Zed Books 2004), with
>co-author Najeeba Syeed-Miller.
>* Her Honor: An Islamic Critique of the Rape Laws of Pakistan from a
>Woman-Sensitive Perspective, 18 Mich. J. Int'l L. 287 (1997).
>* From a Gasp to a Gamble: A Proposed Text for Unconscionability, 25
U. C. Davis
>L. Rev. 187 (1991).

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