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Maha Elgenaidi: Women and Shariah 

When: Thu., Aug. 23, 7 p.m. 2012
The right-wing Islamophobe movement is rich with irony. Its growing legions are quick to cite Koranic verses they say encourage violence, while conveniently forgetting (or ignoring) similar edicts in their own holy book. Still, there’s no denying that in certain Islamic nations, women are horribly mistreated. To examine this issue, The Family of Abraham — a local grassroots interfaith coalition created to increase religious and cultural understanding — presents a talk by Maha Elgenaidi, who will explore the contrast between how Muslim women are treated and what Islam actually teaches. Elgenaidi is the founder of the Islamic Networks Group, which she created to counter prejudice against American Muslims and build bridges between different cultures. The Rev. Judi Hoffman from Edgehill United Methodist Church and Rabbi Shana Mackler from The Temple will provide local responses and reflections. Recommended particularly for those of you who get your “knowledge” of Islam from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh — you might benefit from hearing what Islam really teaches, from someone who actually understands and practices the religion.
— Jack Silverman

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