Fez International Forum on Islamic Feminisms

International Forum: Today’s Islamic Feminisms: National and Transnational Perspectives

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Dates : Venue:

Contacts:

7,8, & 9 June, 2019

Hôtel Les Mérinides, Fès
Dr Fatima Sadiqi, Director of the Forum

sadiqi_fatima@yahoo.fr

Ms Abir Ibourk (KAS), Director of Logistics

Abir.Ibourk@kas.de

Ms Yousra Bettache (International Institute for Languages and Cultures)

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Carolinausa.keyt82@gmail.com
Languages of the Forum: Arabic, French, English (simultaneous translation will be

provided)

Modern Islamic feminisms seek equality in Muslim family laws and revisit the fiqh-based background of these laws from within Islam. These Feminisms appeared in the last two decades of the twentieth century and are developing quickly in the twenty-first century. National, transnational, individual-based and network-based, these feminisms constitute a genuine social movement and have resulted in knowledge-production and policy- based analyses. The Fez Nineth Mediterranean Women International Forum invites reflection on today’s overall status of Islamic feminisms by addressing four main axes: the Concepts of Islamic feminisms, challenges of Islamic feminisms, and Islamic feminisms in Diaspora.

PROGRAM

Friday 7 June

9: 00 h Arrival of participants
9: 30 h Opening Session: Welcoming speeches

Keynote Address: Feminism/s: A Fresh Look10: 30: Reception

1st Session: Islamic Feminism: Ideology, Knowledge, Activism
Moderator: Moha ENNAJI, International Institute for Languages and Cultures, Fez

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Margot BADRAN, Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, USA

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11: 00 h :(Equality between the Sexes: A Religious Perspective)

Driss FASSI FIHRI, Imam, University al-Qarawiyyin, FezSarah FARAG, University of Zurich, Switzerland

11: 30 h Islamic Feminism and Political Activism in Morocco
Moha ENNAJI, International Institute for Languages and Cultures, Fez

11: 45 h Discussion

2nd Session: Islamic Feminism: Cultural Politics and DecolonizationModerator: Sara FARAG, University of Zurich, Switzerland

15: 00 h Fatema Mernissi’s Transpositions of Difference: Tracking a Feminist Cultural Politics in Post-Colonial Morocco
Najib MOKHTARI, International University of Rabat

15:15h Moroccan Women and the State in the Wake of ReformSouad EDDOUADA, Ibn Tofail University, Kénitra, Morocco

15: 30 h Islamic Feminism in Morocco: Towards a Decolonial PraxisMeriem El HAITAMI, International University of Rabat

15: 45 h Discussion 16h:15 Coffee Break

3rd Session: Islamic Feminism: Opportunities and ChallengesModerator: Mohamed YACHOULTI, Moulay Ismail University, Meknès

16 : 45 h Islamic Feminism in Morocco, the Inheritance Controversy and theVivre Ensemble

Rajae RHOUNI, Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida

17: 00 h Islam and Human Rights: The Contribution of Tunisian Intellectuals and Activists in Feminizing the Discourse

Jumana AL-AHMAD, Wake Forest University, USA
17: 15 h Islamic Feminist Icons in Morocco: The Case of Asmae Lamrabet

Mohammed YACHOULTI, Moulay Ismail University, Meknès17 : 30h Discussion

11: 15h

Rethinking Feminist Interventions, Decolonising Gender

Knowledges

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Saturday 8 June

4th Session: Islamic Feminism and Hermeneutics
Moderator: Mohamed MOUBTASSIME, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez

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9: 00 h 9: 15 h 9: 30 h

9: 45 h 10:15 h

Women’s Ijtihad as a Strategy for LiberationMeryem YAFOUT, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Muslim Theology and the “closure of the gate of ijtihad”

Sadiq RDDAD, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez

Islamic Feminism and Reform in the Post Arab Spring: Beyond the Secular/Religious Debate

Rachid TOUHTOU, National School of Statistics and Applied Economics, Rabat

Discussion Coffee Break

5th Session: Islamic Feminism and the State
Moderator: Souad SLAOUI, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez

10 :45 h Féminisme Islamique, activisme et état en Algérie
Khaled MEHIZ, Activiste, Association Nationale De Volontariat, Algérie

11 : 00 h The Interplay Between the Politics of Religion, Gender and the Rhetoric of Political Liberalization: What Future for Islamic Feminisms in Morocco?
Souad SLAOUI, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez

11 : 15 h Discussion

6th Session: Islamic Feminism: A Transnational Social Movement?Moderator: Connie Carøe CHRISTIANSEN, Lebanese American University, Beirut

15:00 h Islamic Feminism – Perspectives from a Transnational Social Movement Approach

Connie Carøe CHRISTIANSEN, Lebanese American University, Beirut

15 : 15 h Distorted Citizenship: Egyptian Women Legal Identities within the Public-Private Paradigm

Sara ABDELGHANI, American University of Cairo, Egypt

15: 30 h The Potential Impact of Islamic Feminism on Advancing Gender Equality in Lebanon

Reem MAGHRIBI, Lebanese American University, Beirut

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15: 45 The 2004 Moudawana Reforms: An Example of Islamic Feminism?

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Fatima SADIQI,

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16:00h Discussion

16:30h Coffee Break

7th Session: Islamic Feminism and Activism
Moderator: Rajae RHOUNI, Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida

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17:00 h

17: 30h

(The Feminist Movement and the Evolution of Women’s Rights in Tunisia)

Jinan AL IMAM,

Paris

International Institute for Languages and Cultures, Fez

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Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences, Tunis

École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) de

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17:15 h «Une révolution musulmane et féministe»: décolonisation,

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17:45h

action et politicisation

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Malika HAMIDI,

Book Review: Activisme, Feminisme en Islam: Stemmen van Marokkaanse en Marokkaans-Nederlandse Vrouwen, edited by Marjo Buitelaar, Moha Ennaji, Fatima Sadiqi and Karen Vintges

Laura VAN DER TOORN, University of AmsterdamRoosmarjin van WOERDEN, University of Amsterdam

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Moroccan Dutch Women and Islamic Identity

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18:00 h Discussion

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Sunday 9 June

8th Session: Islamic Feminism in Europe
Moderator: Ulrike LINGEN-ALI, University of Oldenburg, Germany

9: 30 h Islamic Feminisms in Western ClassroomsLydia POTTS, University of Oldenburg, Germany

9: 45 h Feminism and ‘Islamic Feminism’ as Discussed in German MediaHelma PASCH, University of Koln, Germany

10: 00 h Cross-cultural Interviewing of Islamic Feminists in EuropeTouria KHANNOUS, Louisiana State University, USA

10: 15: Discussion 10: 45: Coffee Break

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11: 15 h 11: 30 h

Female, Islamic, Different. Threshold Positions of Belonging and Polarizations in Current German Debates
Sylvia PRITSCH, University of Oldenburg, Germany

Gender, Islam and the Law in South Africa: The Feminist Struggles and Advocacy for Muslim Marriage Recognition

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South

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11: 45: Discussion

Sheila MEINTJES,

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Africa

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9th Session:
Moderator: Sonya Maria JOHNSON, Beloit College, USA

12: 15 h Utilizing Performance as an Intersectional Response To Violence Against Women

Zoe FLOWERS, U.S.-based creator, author, filmmaker and Founder of Soul Requirements, Inc.

12 :30 h
Sonya Maria JOHNSON, Beloit College, USA

12 :45 h At the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class: An Examination of a Chinese Woman’s Immigration in Early 20th Century United States

Beatrice MCKENZIE, Beloit College, USA

13: 00 h Protecting Black Girls From the School to Prison Pipeline: Movement Building for Culturally Specific Approaches in Prevention and Intervention

Aleese MOORE-ORBIH, Senior Director of Programs, Women of Color Network, Inc., USA

13:15 h Discussion

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13: 45 h Recommendations and Closure
Moderator: Fatima SADIQI (Director of the Forum)

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14: 15 h End of the Forum
16:00-18:00 Guided Tour to the Medina (Old city) and Ville Nouvelle (New City) 21: 00: Farewell Party: Local Women’s Music

Imagining the Intersectionality of Diasporas, Recognizing

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Rhetorics of Difference and Dignity

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The Ancestors Make It Home: Palo Monte/Mayombe and the Making

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of Social Place in Contemporary Cuba

Organizing Committee

Fatima SADIQI
Steffen KRUEGER
Abir IBOURK
Moha ENNAJI
Yousra BETTACHE
Souad SLAOUI
Mohamed MOUBTASSIME Mohamed YACHOULTI Rachid ELOUARDI

Karima AZAIMI
Ghita TAOUFIQ Oussama MOUSSAOUI Soukaina ABDERRAHIM

Book Exhibit: Librairie Mékouar – Fez Anouar Diffusion – Fez

Lefennec – Casablanca

Painting: Khadija MADANI ALAOUI, Tarik SADIK, Moha ENNAJI, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez

Exhibition of feminine products: Rajae SLAOUI-HAMMOUDA, Presidente, ESPOD, Association for the Promotion of small enterprises, Fez

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