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Being a Woman in an Islamic Country | Conversation with scholars of Islam Studies Joud Al Korani and Lena RichterIslam en gender

Being a Woman in an Islamic Country | Conversation with scholars of Islam Studies Joud Al Korani and Lena Richter

In a rapidly changing world, religion starts to take different forms. While some countries try to compensate this changing world by enforcing additional rules, it seems like most Islamic countries are becoming more and more liberal. From a western perspective, our understanding of these changes in Islamic countries, remain primitive. How do modern Islamic countries really look at religion, politics and gender identity? What is it like being a non-religious woman in an Islamic country? Come and listen to scholars of Islam studies Lena Richter and Joud Al Korani and learn more about Islam and gender in the 21st century.

Islam and politics in Dubai

In Western media, Islamic countries are often portrayed as places where being non-religious is highly exceptional. In reality however, the most notable trend is moving in the opposite direction: countries are becoming less and less strict. This also means, Joud Al Korani suggests, that religion becomes depoliticized: religion and politics act separately. In her research on Muslim migrant women in Dubai, she looked into how these women live, believe and feel in Dubai.

Religion and jokes: problematic or change for the good?

Twitter scandals and arguments in the Facebook comments: the internet makes us feel more inclined to say what we think. Criticisms and jokes about religion follow a similar pattern. In her research, Lena Richter looked at how jokes and the internet shapes the voice of young Moroccan non-believers in Morocco, which she suggests, are a prime example of modern Islam.

After a short introduction, Lena Richter and Joud Al Korani have a conversation with a moderator about religion, secularism and gender in Islam.

This program is in English.

About the speakers

Joud Al-KoraniJoud Al Korani is an anthropologist at Radboud University with a background in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Her research focuses on Muslim migrant women in Dubai.


Lena RichterLena Richter works as a PhD Researcher at Radboud University at the department of Islam Studies. She conducts research on being non-religious in Morocco and the Moroccan diaspora in Europe.


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