Muslim, Woman, and Student in the Contemporary US South

Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.
Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. N.E.

1456845236This project screens the 2015 film Voices of Muslim Women, a documentary exploring the Muslim culture through the lens of five University of Alabama Muslim students. The film tackles how Muslim women  in the Deep South and negotiate their identities in a predominantly Christian society that often has unflattering views about Islam and Muslims. Through interviews with students and faculty at Alabama, this film asks: “How do Muslim female students carve a space in a culture that thinks of Muslims as terrorists and Muslim women as backward?” Examining this question helps us understand the historical presence of people and religions whose presence and influence predate present day presumed notions of origins or transplantations from the old to the new world.

Co-producer of the film Dr. Maha Marouan, associate professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, will lead the film screening and accompanying lecture and question and answer session.  A meet-and-greet reception will proceed the film screening.

View the trailer for Voices of Muslim Women at https://vimeo.com/81948323!

FREE and open to the public!

GSU Faculty Project Lead:  Elizabeth West, Professor of English.

Additional support provided by the Auburn Avenue Research Library and the departments of English and African-American Studies at Georgia State University.