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Gunning Lecture: ‘Gender, Authority, and Epistemology in Islamic Medical Ethics’

In this talk Dr Zahra Ayubi discusses the limitations of Islamic medical ethics in addressing gender concerns and argue that ethical epistemology of Islamic medical ethics ought to center women and non-binary Muslims’ experiences.

She will do a close reading of jurisprudential opinions (fatwas) along with the queries that originate them, and also present research from interviews that demonstrate a mismatch between the issues that questioners and jurists (muftis) hold important.

Ultimately, Dr Ayubi shows that a gender conscientious epistemology in Islamic medical ethics is achieved through centering women’s experiences and interpretive authority.

This event will be taking place in the Martin Hall and will also be livestreamed online.


Dr Zahra Ayubi

Colour head and shoulders photo of Dr Zahra Ayubi
Dr Zahra Ayubi

Zahra Ayubi is an associate professor of religion at Dartmouth College the current president of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics. She specializes in women and gender in premodern and contemporary Islamic ethics and has published on gendered concepts of ethics, justice, and religious authority, and on Muslim feminist thought and American Muslim women's experiences. She is the author of Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family, and Society (Columbia, 2019). Her second book, Women as Humans: Life, Death, and Gendered Being in Islamic Medical Ethics (Columbia University Press, forthcoming), is a textual, ethnographic, and philosophical study of gender and gendered experiences with Muslim medical ethics.