On Saturday, November 14, 2015, altMuslimah (“altM”) and the Princeton Muslim Life Program co-hosted the symposium, Muslim Masculinity in an Age of Feminism. This community event was held at Princeton University and was available via live broadcast on Periscope @altMuslimah. Videos of the symposium are available to view on the PrincetonMLP Vimeo.
The day-long symposium explored how Muslim men of various backgrounds are defining manhood and responding to pushes for gender equality and dismantling of patriarchy. The event brought together a diverse array of men and women intellectuals, religious leaders, community organizers, and social justice advocates speaking on three panels: Spirituality and Religious Authority, Relationships and Family, and Politics and Activism. The keynote address was given by ICNYU’s chaplain Imam Khalid Latif.
Viewers and audience members could follow the conversation on Twitter with #MuslimMasculinity. Here’s a roundup with highlights of the conversation.
Panel 1: Spirituality and Religious Authority
A: God has no gender. The Arabic pronoun هو is not gender-specific. It is just a marker to point to the divine essence. #muslimmasculinity
— altMuslimah (@AltMuslimah) November 14, 2015
Panel 2: Relationships and Family
Panel 3: Politics and Activism
@AltMuslimah just to clarify I was quoting Zainab Bangura UN special representative for sexual violence.
— Palwasha Lena Kakar (@palwashalk) November 16, 2015
altM ran a series of reflections from several of the speakers on the topic of Muslim masculinity ahead of the symposium. They can be found tagged, masculinity.