When Judge Hamoud al-Hitar announced that he and four other Islamic scholars would challenge Yemen's Al Qaeda prisoners to a theological contest, Western antiterrorism experts warned that this high-stakes gamble would end in disaster.
As feminists we need to remind ourselves ... patriarchy is alive & well and ... constantly finding new and innovative ways to re-invent itself. Patriarchy is about power. Fundamentalism too is about power and control, often in collusion with patriarchy.
Amina Wadud, Professor of Islamic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective, was speaking as part of a series sponsored by York University and the Noor Cultural Centre.