Dr. Baher Ghosheh, a JES Scholar-in-Residence and expert in Middle Eastern studies, will give his presentation on women in Islam at the JES Redlands Global Summit 2022.
The presentation will focus on the role of women in Muslim societies since the foundation of Islam in the 7th Century. Particular attention will be paid to the great variety of women's experiences in the 57 countries that belong to the Organization of Islamic Conference. Recent developments following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and the deaths of Iranian women at the hands of the "Morality" police demonstrate women's extreme repression in a few Muslim countries. In Islam, like in Christianity and other faiths, the status of women depends on many factors; political, cultural, educational, and religious.
The changes brought about by the Arab Spring, globalization, access to education, social media, and the communications revolution give women opportunities to dramatically transform their role in many societies, including Muslim societies.