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Interfaith Council to host Islamic scholar

Published 4:17 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2013
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The Interfaith Council of Westport and Weston will continue its series of contemporary issues programs with a talk by Islamic scholar Sarah Tunney, of Westport, on "The Role of Women in Islamic History" on Sunday, March 10. The free program will be at 4 p.m. in St. Luke Church's community room, 49 Turkey Hill Road N., followed by conversation and refreshments.

In her discussion, Tunney will offer historical perspective on women's role and place in Islam. She will also discuss how their roles and rights in Islamic and Muslim societies have changed from the faith's early days to today, if at all.

Tunney earned her bachelor of arts degree in Arabic and Islamic studies from Yale University in New Haven in 1998. She continued on as a doctoral candidate at New York University, where her primary fields of study were Islamic law and theology, Arabic philosophy and science, as well as social history.

In pursuing her doctorate, Tunney traveled in the Middle East and gained proficiency in eight languages, as well as expertise and knowledge from primary medieval Arabic sources. She has yet to complete a dissertation to earn the doctorate.

Tunney has taught courses at both New York University and Queens College on the history and civilization of Islam, modern Middle East history and women and Islamic law.

For information, call the Rev. Ed Horne at 203-227-4707.