Islam, Gender, and Democracy

Since the Arab Awakening, the question of women's rights has become, in the view of Western commentators, the litmus test for Muslim societies in the age of democracy and liberalism. The issue is often framed as the opposition between liberal advocates of secular democracy and religious opponents of women's full equality.
A panel of scholars, including the Berkley Center's José Casanova and Jocelyne Cesari, examined this binary opposition and reframed the debate around Islam and women's rights. Participants provided a broader comparison across religious traditions and cultures through a discussion of religion, secularism, democracy, and gender equality in France, Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, and the United States.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security. 

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