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Debating Muslim Marriage Then and Now: Gender, Islam, and Secularism in South Asia

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Jepson Hall, Faculty Lounge, Room 127
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The Department of Religious Studies welcomes Dr. Julia Stephens, Assistant Professor of History from Rutgers University.

This talk explores how Muslim marriage has come to occupy a central position in debates about the relationship between religion and the state in contemporary South Asia. In recent months in India the legal status of “triple talaq,” in which a Muslim man divorces his wife by pronouncing “talaq” (divorce) three times, has been the subject of fierce debate between feminists, Hindu nationalists, and Muslim scholars. This talk will provide a pre-history for these discussions by showing how colonial legal reforms transformed marriage and the family into key sites for articulating new forms of Muslim identity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Carolyn Smart