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Women and Islam w/ Dr. Ira Jaafar

Join Dr. Ira Jaafar, a visiting scholar in Human Ecology from the University of Putra Malaysia, as she shares what it is like to be a Muslim woman with the Bozeman community.

This lecture focuses on an overview of Islam as a religion. As a Muslim woman, Ira will explore Islam in practice through her daily life experiences.  Being a Muslim woman in Malaysia is not necessarily the same as those in other parts of the world, including the Middle East. Differences include the way Malaysian Muslim women dress, their diet, rituals and other socio-cultural relations.  Ira will share with the audience the general perception of Islam from her point of view.  While often mistakenly referred to as traditional or backward, Ira will describe Islam from her perspective in the affirmation of a decent, civilized society.  Ira will focus on key points that Islam preaches including peace, mercy, justice, tolerance, equality, love, truth, forgiveness, patience, morality, sincerity and righteousness just like any other faiths practiced in the world.   The lecture will provide many opportunities for questions and comments. Farshina Nazrul, PhD student from Bangladesh also presenting.

For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Lachapelle, Professor, Montana State University Department of Political Science and Extension or 406-994-3620

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