Kecia Ali
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Kecia Ali, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University . Her research ranges from Islam’s formative period to the present, and focuses on Islamic law; gender and sexuality; and religious biography.

Her most recent book is The Lives of Muhammad. An expanded tenth anniversary edition of Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence is forthcoming.

She co-edited the revised edition of A Guide for Women in Religion, which provides guidance for careers in religious studies and theology. Ali is active in the American Academy of Religion and serves as president of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics.

She blogs from time to time at Feminism & Religon and various other sites and tweets as @kecia_ali.

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L'islam et l'esclavage sexuel, c'est plus compliqué qu'on ne le pense

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 11:31 PM

Dans une enquête publiée récemment par le New York Times, Rukmini Callimachi décrivait le programme systématique d'esclavage sexuel des prisonnières yézidis mis en place par le groupe État islamique. Son récit est glaçant; les témoignages des rescapées, effrayants. Il est indéniable que les combattants (et les...

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L'islam et l'esclavage sexuel, c'est plus compliqué qu'on ne le pense

(4) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:21 PM

Dans une enquête publiée récemment par le New York Times, Rukmini Callimachi décrivait le programme systématique d'esclavage sexuel des prisonnières yézidis mis en place par Daech. Son récit est glaçant; les témoignages des rescapées, effrayants. Il est indéniable que les combattants (et les chefs)...

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The Truth About Islam and Sex Slavery History Is More Complicated Than You Think

(111) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 4:14 PM

New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi recently outlined the Islamic State's systematic, logistically complex program of sex trafficking of captured Yazidi women and girls. Her narrative is chilling; the survivors' testimonies are horrifying. It is obvious that ISIS soldiers (and leaders) commit terrible abuses, including widespread...

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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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