Muslim Reformer, Feminist Silenced By Muslim Students At Duke University

From Fox News:
Asra Nomani wanted to talk to students at Duke University about how Muslim women such as she are marginalized and silenced by extremists within their faith, but what happened next may have proven her point better than any speech.

Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam,” claims her invitation to speak at the North Carolina school was rescinded after Duke’s Muslim Students Association complained she was an Islamophobic sympathizer. The school eventually deemed the whole affair a “misunderstanding,” and Nomani gave her speech last Tuesday to an audience numbering only about a dozen. But her point had already been underscored.

“I would have come here to speak to just one person,” Nomani told the gathering, according to her recounting in Time magazine. “To me, it is simply a victory to stand before you.”

Nomani advocates a progressive, feminist interpretation of Islam, at odds not only with violent extremists in the Middle East and Africa, but also with millions of non-violent fundamentalists around the world. In her book, Nomani tells of confronting the sexism and intolerance in her local mosque and fighting for the rights of modern Muslim women who chafe under repressive rules and regulations imposed by reactionary fundamentalists.

According to Nomani, the Duke University Center Activities and Events told her the appearance had been scratched after the president of the Duke chapter of the Muslim Students Association accused her of having a nefarious “alliance” with “Islamophobic speakers.”

The treatment of Nomani echoed similar incidents at Brandeis University, where Somali-born activist and former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali was uninvited from a speaking engagement last year amid an outcry from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim Students Association, and at University of South Dakota, where student groups protested the screening of "Honor Diaries," a documentary about crimes against Muslim women...
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