Women’s Studies Faculty & Grad Colloquium: Farid Muttaqin

download flyerFarid Muttaqin “Observing the Islamic Theological Context: Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Feminist Agendas toward Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Rights”
Friday, November 2, 2007, 4-6 PM
Baker Center 233
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

This month’s colloquium will feature Farid Muttaqin leading a discussion on his paper. Muttaquin, currently an OU Southeast Asian Studies student, graduated from the State Islamic University of Jakarta in philosophy.

The Muslim feminists in Indonesia have an important position among the efforts to uphold gay and lesbian rights. Indeed, the involvement of Muslim feminist groups in homosexual movements is crucial in terms of strengthening the endeavors of reconstruction of biases in Islamic interpretations. Some groups such as GAYa Nusantara, Koalisi Pelangi, and Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia, who promotes gay rights in Indonesia, focus on the internal empowerment among gay communities and still abandon the problem of theology and religion. It is hard for the “secular groups” to deal with the controversial issue of homosexuality in the country in where Islamic religious belief plays the significant roles for the society. It is important to begin the recognition of homosexual rights in Indonesia by observing the theological context and reinterpreting the verses of the Koran. In this regard, this feminist effort to provide a new interpretation of Islamic teaching on homosexuality will be a crucial contribution to gay and lesbian rights.

Part of the Ohio University Women’s Studies Program Colloquium for faculty and graduate students. Refreshments will be served.

To facilitate discussion, please request a copy of the paper from Women’s Studies: godby -at- ohio.edu or 740-593-4686.

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