Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations: "How Women are Transforming the Middle East"


Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Isobel Coleman, author of Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East, visits Zocalo and the Burkle Center to discuss Islamic feminism, the women behind the movement, and why their success is crucial to fighting extremism and creating progress and stability in the Islamic world. RSVP via Zocalo.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

RSVP via Zocalo's Website

Please note that all reservations are being handled by our co-sponsor, Zocalo Public Square. All programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited; and, reservations are recommended. All reservations will be confirmed via return e-mail. Zocalo cannot confirm your reservation without a correct email address.

To the Western world, women’s rights and political Islam can appear incompatible. Deeply ingrained social norms and particular interpretations of Islamic law leave women in most Middle Eastern countries without legal protection from domestic violence or spousal rape. Women generally have fewer rights than men when it comes to education, work, divorce, and daily life — from dress to driving to being alone outside the home. But a budding grassroots reform movement has seen women begin to demand their rights within an Islamic framework, rather than against it. In the last two decades, more women have begun pursuing education — including college, advanced degrees and even religious education — and participating in politics, business, and the media. Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Isobel Coleman, author of Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East, visits Zócalo to discuss Islamic feminism, the women behind the movement, and why their success is crucial to fighting extremism and creating progress and stability in the Islamic world. Books available onsite through Skylight Books.

Directions: For directions, a facilty map, parking instructions, and other information about the MOCA Grand Avenue, please go to http://www.moca.org/museum/moca_grandave.php. Parking $9 w/MOCA validation at the Walt Disney Concert Hall garage, enter from Lower Grand Avenue.


Cost : Admission to this event is free and open to students, staff, faculty and the general public.

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, Zocalo Public square