The Interfaith Council of Westport and Weston continues its series of contemporary issues programs with a presentation by Westport resident and Islamic scholar, Sarah Tunney entitled: The Role of Women in Islamic History.
The program will begin at 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 10, at Saint Luke Church in the Community Room which is located at 49 Turkey Hill Road North, Westport. Following the program we will gather for conversation and refreshments. There is no charge.
This presentation will offer some historical perspective to this hot topic.
What is the "place" of the woman in Islam? How have women's roles and rights in Islamic and Muslim societies changed from the early days of the faith to today, if at all?
Sarah Tunney, an Islamic scholar earned her Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Yale University, graduating cum laude in 1998. She continued on as a doctoral candidate at New York University, where her primary fields of study were Islamic law and theology, Arabic philosophy and science, as well as social history. In the pursuit of her doctorate Sarah traveled extensively in the Middle East and gained proficiency in eight languages, building the foundation of her expertise and knowledge from primary medieval Arabic sources.
Ms. Tunney has taught courses at both New York University and Queens College on The History and Civilization of Islam, Modern Middle East History and Women and Islamic law. Ms. Tunney moved to Westport in 2005, where she still resides with her husband and sons.
Interfaith Council programs are designed to promote a climate of understanding and respect for the many religious traditions in our world today. For additional information, please contact Rev. Ed Horne at 203.227.4707.