Asma Barlas

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BornAsma Barlas_header_cell_0_1_0 1950

PakistanAsma Barlas_cell_0_1_1

EducationAsma Barlas_header_cell_0_2_0 Kinnaird College (B.A.); University of the Punjab (M.A.); University of Denver (M.A.; Ph.D.)Asma Barlas_cell_0_2_1
Notable worksAsma Barlas_header_cell_0_3_0 "Believing Women" in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'anAsma Barlas_cell_0_3_1
Years activeAsma Barlas_header_cell_0_4_0 1976–presentAsma Barlas_cell_0_4_1

Asma Barlas (born 1950) is a Pakistani-American writer and academic. Asma Barlas_sentence_0

Her specialties include comparative and international politics, Islam and Qur'anic hermeneutics, and women's studies. Asma Barlas_sentence_1

Early life and education Asma Barlas_section_0

Barlas was born in Pakistan in 1950. Asma Barlas_sentence_2

She earned a bachelor of arts in English literature and philosophy from Kinnaird College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of the Punjab. Asma Barlas_sentence_3

She also holds a master's degree and Ph.D. in international studies from the University of Denver. Asma Barlas_sentence_4

Career Asma Barlas_section_1

Barlas was one of the first women to be inducted into the foreign service in 1976. Asma Barlas_sentence_5

Six years later, she was dismissed on the orders of General Zia ul Haq. Asma Barlas_sentence_6

She worked briefly as assistant editor of the opposition newspaper The Muslim before receiving political asylum in the United States in 1983. Asma Barlas_sentence_7

Barlas joined the politics department of Ithaca College in 1991. Asma Barlas_sentence_8

She was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity for 12 years. Asma Barlas_sentence_9

She held Spinoza Chair in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam in 2008. Asma Barlas_sentence_10

Research Asma Barlas_section_2

Barlas has focused on the way Muslims produce religious knowledge, especially patriarchal exegesis of the Qur'an, a topic she has explored in her book, "Believing Women" in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an. Asma Barlas_sentence_11

She rejects the designation of her views and interpretations of Islam as "Islamic feminism," unless that term is defined as "a discourse of gender equality and social justice that derives its understanding and mandate from the Qur'an and seeks the practice of rights and justice for all human beings in the totality of their existence across the public-private continuum." Asma Barlas_sentence_12

In her first book, Democracy, Nationalism and Communalism: The Colonial Legacy in South Asia, Barlas explored the relationship of militarism in Pakistani politics to British colonialism. Asma Barlas_sentence_13

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Barlas.