#MeToo in Muslim America - Saba Fatima
From Jeffrey Sudduth on October 15th, 2019
Cosponsored by New Voices in Racial Justice Series, Diversity Center, Women’s Center, and Women and Department of Women and Gender Studies
Learn why the experiences of Muslim women within the #MeToo movement matter to achieving its goals of empathy, support, and change! Saba Fatima examines the significance of an intersectional lens to establish the unique and specific challenges facing Muslim American Women within the #MeToo movement. She investigates religious justifications used to hinder the progress of #MeToo, such as appeals to the establishment of an ideal society, segregation of sexes, and unity within the Muslim ummah (nation) at the expense of Muslim women. Fatima also explores how the movement is hijacked and co-opted within a Western political context toward a neoliberal agenda that ultimately harms women in communities of color. However, #MeToo places particular importance on ameliorating the harms of sexual violence in Black communities and communities of color. Thus, shaping #MeToo into a movement that can better realize its vision depends on intersectional insights.
Saba Fatima, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, focuses her research on topics involving identities, especially issues of social and political significance to Muslims. Her research interests include non-ideal theory; social and political issues within prescriptive Islam; Muslim/Muslim-American issues within a framework of feminist & race theory, virtue ethics, and more recently, medical ethics. Fatima earned her PhD in Philosophy from Social, Political, Ethical, & Legal (SPEL) Philosophy Department at Binghamton University, NY.