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Kecia Ali
Kecia Ali, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University where she teaches a range of classes related to Islam. She writes on early Islamic law, women, ethics, and biography. Her books include Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence (2006), Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam (2010), and Imam Shafi’i: Scholar and Saint (2011) and The Lives of Muhammad (2014). She lives in the Boston area with her family.

Entries by Kecia Ali

Whose Sharia Is It?

(47) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 9:11 PM

It has been a lousy month for Islamic law.

First, there was the kidnapping and sale of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram, which claimed religious acceptability for their acts. As Muslim theologian Jerusha Lamptey opined, this is not my sharia.

Then, the Sultan of Brunei's horrific new penal...

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Right the Wrong

(18) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 9:29 AM

We are one-third of the way through the month of Ramadan, during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sundown. Here in the northern hemisphere, the days are long and hot. Ramadan brings hunger pangs, a sense of accomplishment at the end of a long day's fast,...

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My Neighbor's Faith: Belief-O-Matic and Me

(13) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 6:45 AM

According to the Internet, I am 100 percent Reform Jew. This came as something of a surprise to me since I'm a Muslim.

Let me explain. In the wake of Sept. 11, I was invited to contribute an essay to a short book on Islam sponsored by the religion website...

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HuffPost Jummah: Muslims in America Have Changed and Grown

(92) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 10:59 AM

It's spring again. The forsythia are in bloom and the days grow longer. Somehow, spring always takes me by surprise -- and that's no different this year, even after a winter so mild it barely deserved the name. But even as the seasons sometimes drag on, the years fly by....

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HuffJummah: How Enemies Become Allies

(18) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 7:29 AM

"My name is Hind bint 'Utba. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

It's election year in America, a time when our public discussions center on power and who ought to wield it. The big struggle is less over specific legislative agendas and more over who controls the narrative and...

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