Lebanese scholar to visit campus for talk, ”Lebanese Women and Qur’anic Exegesis in the 1920s”

On Friday, Nov. 16, Dima Dabbous-Sensenig of Lebanese American University Beirut will give a talk, titled “Lebanese Women and Qur’anic Exegesis in the 1920s: The Case of Nazira Zeineddine.”

The lecture will highlight the work of Nazira Zeineddine, who, through her scholarly writings, likely was the first Arab woman to challenge patriarchal interpretations of the Qur’an, especially those concerning the hijab.

Dabbous-Sensenig is the director of the Institute for Women’s Studies of the Arab World at Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. She has published several scholarly articles on broadcast policies and regulation in Lebanon and the Arab world, with particular emphasis on public service broadcasting, cultural diversity and the effects of the World Trade Organization on cultural production and exchange.

The lecture, which is presented by the Program in Women’s Studies and the Center for International Affairs, will run from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 309.