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The Colour of God: Ayesha S. Chaudhry in conversation with Sarah Munawar
May 18, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
This is the story of a child raised in Canada by parents who embraced a puritanical version of Islam to shield them from racism. In The Colour of God, author Ayesha Chaudhry explores the joys and sorrows of growing up in a fundamentalist Muslim household, wedding grand historical narratives of colonialism and migration to the small intimate heartbreaks of modern life. In revisiting the beliefs and ideals she was raised with, Chaudhry invites us to reimagine our ideas of self and family, state and citizenship, love and loss.
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Ayesha S. Chaudhry is the Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice and Associate Professor of Islamic studies and Gender studies at the University of British Columbia. An American-Canadian, she was elected as a Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019, and was named a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellow in 2018. She was a 2016-17 Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study at UBC and the 2015-16 Rita E. Hauser fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is the author of The Colour of God (Oneworld, 2021) and Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law, and the Muslim Discourse on Gender (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Chaudhry’s research focuses on Islamic law and theology.
Sarah Munawar is a Pakistani-Muslim and settler living on and sustained by the stolen and unceded lands and waters of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. She earned her Ph.D in political science from the University of British Columbia and is also a political science instructor at Columbia College. As a scholar, mother and Muslim, she thinks, writes and practices an intersectional and de-colonial Islamic ethic of care that legitimizes care-based epistemologies of Islam and Islamic lineages of disability justice.