Ask A Muslim: Women

women in Islam

The Markaz and Muslims for Progressive Values presents the third edition of Ask A Muslim on Women in Islam, Thursday, May 5th. Our speaker is Ani Zonneveld, founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values, fresh from her TED talk earlier this month. She'll address women's rights in Islam: 

  • Can Muslim women lead prayer?
  • "Honor" killing
  • Hijab/niqab - cultural, anthropoligical, theological influences
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting
  • Is interfaith marriage permissible for Muslim women?

Tonight's speaker is the founding director of MPV, Ani Zonneveld, who recently gave this TedX talk at Occidental College:

Open to the public, bring friends, families and your questions (you'll find good things to eat next door at the Indian or Ethiopian spots). At The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90035 (between La Cienega & Fairfax), street parking.

Ask A Muslim is a new monthly series FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC that addresses some of the most pressing questions surrounding Islam today. It takes place on the first Thursday every month at The Markaz.

In a time when Islam is the subject of much discussion and controversy in the media, Ask A Muslim hopes to foster an ongoing open dialogue, in a safe space for debateThe series endeavors to promote a more informed understanding of Arab/Muslim cultures, and to engage the greater Los Angeles community across all religious, cultural and political boundaries, to foster public conversation about the Qur’an and what constitutes a compassionate, egalitarian and peaceful practice in all its manifestations, with the intention to dispel simplistic or stereotypical interpretations and vilification of the Muslim religion. 

Presented by Muslims for Progressive Values and The Markaz, and sponsored in part by the A & A Fund and Bana & Nabil Hilal.

MPV's mission is to embody and be an effective voice of the traditional Qur’anic ideals of human dignity, egalitarianism, compassion and social justice.

Ani ZonneveldAni Zonneveld is Founder and President of MPV. Since inception, she has presided over MPV’s expansion to include chapters and affiliates in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Columbus (OH), Ottawa and Toronto, Canada as well as Paris, France, Chile and Australia. She has organized numerous interfaith arts and music festivals, participated in many interfaith dialogues and is a strong supporter of women and LGBTQ rights. She is the brainchild of Literary Zikr – a project that counters radical Islam on-line and co-editor of MPV’s first book, an anthology titled Progressive Muslim Identities – Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada. Ani is a singer/songwriter and producer and is the first woman to release an English Islamic pop album in the U.S. Ani performs Islamic wedding services for mixed faith and gay couples and in 2006, she was named a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the American Society for Muslim Advancement.

Born in Malaysia, Ani, a Muslim since birth, spent a good portion of her formative years raised in Germany, Egypt and India as an ambassador’s daughter. Her exposure to different politics, religions and cultures has shaped her inclusive worldview.

  • May 05, 2016 at 7pm – 9pm
  • The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd LA 90035
  • 11 people are going
  • Lynne Mangione


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