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Dr. Amina Wadud (left) met with students and faculty for lunch in the cafeteria’s atrium on Wed. Oct. 29,2014. Heather Nelson’ 15 (right) got the chance to speak with Wadud during this time.
BY ALLISON STALBERG
"Raise your hands if you've heard Islamic
feminists are an oxymoron."
These were the opening words of
internationally renowned Islamic feminist
Amina Wadud's lecture.
On Oct. 28, at 5 p.m., in Hege Library's
Carnegie Room, both students and professors
raised their hands. The room was so full many
sat on the floor. They had all come to hear Wadud
Chair and Associate Professor of English Diya
Abdo, who teaches the Interdisciplinary Studies
course Arab and Islamic Feminisms, invited
Wadud to speak at Guilford. When Wadud
responded, Abdo was overjoyed.
"It made me so happy, and it felt surreal that I
would actually meet her in the flesh," said Abdo.
"She immediately flashed me the biggest smile
and gave me a huge bear hug."
Born as Mary Teasley in an African-American
family in Bethesda, Md., Wadud is not Arab as
most Muslims are stereotyped to be. Her father,
whom she looks back on with great admiration,
was a Methodist minister.
Wadud converted to Islam while in college
See wadud | Page 3 Dr. Amina Wadud, Diya Abdo, Jim Hood, and Betsy Mesard have a conversation outside of Founders Hall after lunch.
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