Re-examining the place of textuality in Islamic Studies

Islamic Religious Authority and the Women’s Mosque of America

Tazeen Ali


Iman AbdoulKarim

October 31, 2021


Dr. Tazeen Ali joins the Anthropology of Islam Hub to discuss her upcoming book project, Authorizing Women: Islamic Authority at the Women’s Mosque of America with New York University Press. She lays out the gendered and racialized landscape of the U.S. Muslim religious authority and what is and isn’t new about Women’s Mosque of America’s approach to Islamic religious authority in the U.S. Dr. Ali reflects on what it means to authorize the lay American Muslim woman to read and interpret the Qur’an for herself.

Host: Iman AbdoulKarim

Date recorded: September 8th, 2021

Tazeen Ali

Dr. Tazeen Ali is an Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics at the John C. Danforth Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and teaching focus on Islam in America, women’s religious authority, and Islam, gender, and race. Dr. Ali’s book-in-progress, Authorizing Women: Islamic Authority at the Women’s Mosque of America, analyzes how American Muslim women negotiate the Islamic tradition to cultivate religious authority and build gender-equitable worship communities.

Iman AbdoulKarim

Iman AbdoulKarim is a PhD student in Religious Studies at Yale University.