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Sara Farris (Goldsmiths, University of London) will discuss some of the themes laid out in her new book, In the Name of Women's Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism (Duke University Press, 2017). Farris’s book explores the ways in which feminist ideas are often exploited by anti-Islam and xenophobic campaigns. She coins the term “femonationalism” to describe the practice and claims that, by characterising Muslim men as oppressors and by emphasising the need to rescue Muslim women, these anti-Islam groups use gender equality to justify their prejudice.
A Q&A panel discussion, comprised of Farris, Gallatin faculty member Ritty Lukose, and Gallatin MA candidate Safia Albaiti, will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Gallatin Graduate Student Organization.