Such measures as the Taliban’s banning of education for girls and prohibition of jobs for women has drawn attention to the status of women under Islam. What does the Koran say about a woman’s place in society? How have certain Islamic societies deviated from the treatment of women prescribed by the prophet Mohammad more than a thousand years ago? Religious studies professor Amina Wadud (Virginia Commonwealth University), author of Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective, and Persian literature scholar Farzaneh Milani (University of Virginia), author of Veils and Words: The Emerging Voices of Iranian Women Writers, address such questions.

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