Second Annual Humanities Lecture: Obession with the Veil
Date and Time
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice Theatre
"Obsession with Veil" by Bahar Davary, Ph.D.
In modern times, few symbols have engendered as much emotion as the veil. In the West, particularly in Europe, the veil is viewed either as a symbol of fundamentalism — an indicator of strong convictions and religious devotion, or a symbol of oppression — a blind submission of women to traditional values and to male authority. While all of these beliefs may be true, they are not the entire truth. The lecture will discuss the complexity of this issue and the meaning of the veil as a religious symbol and its connection with the notion of identity.
Bahar Davary, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Davary teaches courses on Islam, World Religions, and Comparative Religious Ethics. She received her doctorate from the Catholic University of America and has published articles on the subject of gender and Islam. Her book Women in the Qur’an (2009) is forthcoming.