Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School

Qur'anic Shari'ah: Gender Justice in Islam

On March 7, 2016, the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice hosted Dr. Nimat Hafez Barazangi for a talk on "Qur'anic Shari'ah: Gender Justice in Islam." Dr. Hafez Barazangi discussed her work interpreting the Qur'an to promote justice and gender equality for women and girls, ensuring their autonomy and self-determination.

During her presentation, Dr. Hafez Barazangi discussed how women have been excluded over the centuries from the shaping of Islamic thought and man-made laws and practices concerning Islam. As a result, man-made laws interpreting Islam have missed some of the more important messages of the Qur'an--the equality of all persons and the need to ensure justice--particularly as regards women and girls.

Dr. Hafez Barazangi currently serves as a Research Fellow at Cornell University. She has published three books on justice in Islam, including most recently Woman’s Identity and Rethinking the Hadith, and has also published numerous scholarly articles on this topic. She received her B.A. from Damascus University, Syria; M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University; and Ph.D. from Cornell University. She was honored with the Glock Award from Cornell for her 1988 Ph.D. Dissertation, the first on American Muslims education, "Perceptions of the Islamic Belief System: The Muslims in North America."