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Is the War on Muslims a War on Rights?
Lila Abu-Lughod is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University where she teaches anthropology and gender studies. A leading voice in the debates about culture, gender, Islam, and global feminist politics, her books and articles have been translated into 14 languages. Her scholarship, mostly ethnographic and based on long-term fieldwork in parts of rural Egypt, has focused on the power of cultural forms from poetry to soap operas; the politics of knowledge and representation of cultural “others”; violence and memory; and the question of liberalism and global projects of human and women’s rights, in particular in the Middle East.
Lila Abu-Lughod is currently working on a collaborative international project on “Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence.” Her award-winning books include Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society; Writing Women’s Worlds; and Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt. Her most recent book, published by Harvard University Press in 2013, is titled Do Muslim Women Need Saving?
About the Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights
The University of Alberta Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights (VLHR) is envisioned as one of the preeminent annual events held at the University.
Individuals or organizations that have made an outstanding contribution in the field of human rights and human rights protection are invited to deliver a major public lecture in Edmonton. They also participate in other significant events at the University of Alberta, the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta during their visit.
The first Lectureship, held in the fall of 1998, coincided with the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
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