Emerging Women’s Leadership in the Muslim Community (2006)

On March 2, 2006, the Pluralism Project co-sponsored an event with the Kennedy School of Government’s Women in Public Policy Program and the IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to... in the West Project entitled, “Emerging Forms of Muslim Women’s Leadership.” The featured speakers included Sarah Eltantawi, media commentator on American Muslim affairs and Middle East policy and doctoral student in religious studies at Harvard University and Raheel Raza, author of Their Jihad…Not My JihadJihad means literally “struggle or exertion” in the way of God. The “greater jihad” involves struggling against evil within oneself, while the “lesser jihad” involves working against injustice or oppression in society, sometimes even using arm...!: A Muslim Canadian Woman Speaks Out. Ms. Raza was also the first Muslim woman to lead congregationalThe congregational form of Protestant Christianity has traditionally affirmed the autonomy and authority of the local congregation in calling and ordaining its ministers and organizing its affairs. In the 17th century, the English Puritans introduced cong... Friday prayersPrayer is the vocal or silent address to the Divine. It may consist of fixed words, spontaneous words, or rest in silence with no words at all. Some forms of prayer are accompanied with specific postures or gestures, while others are not. in Canada. In a Q&A session, the participants explored questions of Muslim women’s leadership. A reception and book signing followed the discussion, which drew more than 75 people from the Harvard community and the greater Boston area.

Photographer: Laine Walters, Research Associate