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‘Women in Islam’ to be course topic

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Diana Obeid

A course on “Women in Islam,” sponsored by the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL), will be taught by Diana Obeid on March 16, 23, and 30 (Fridays) from 2-4 p.m. at RCC’s Glenns Campus (Room 158).

This course will discuss the role and status of women in Muslim societies from the rise of Islam in the 7th century to the present. Obeid will focus on women and sexuality, the rise of Islamic feminism, and women in the shari’a (Islamic law).

Among other questions, it will answer these: Is Islam oppressive to women? Why do some Muslim women veil while others don’t? What does the Qur’an say about women?

Obeid is an adjunct professor of Arabic at Christopher Newport University and an instructor with CNU’s Lifelong Learning Society. An expert on the “politics of the veil,” and on Middle Eastern women’s issues, Obeid holds a master’s degree in the humanities, and graduate certificates in women’s studies and new literature from Old Dominion University.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Women in Islam” and other upcoming courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office at 804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679, or e-mail at .

posted 02.22.2012

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