July 20, 2010, 12:00 pm - May 18, 2019, 2:25 am


1761 N Street NW
Washington, 20036 (Map)

Woman's National Democratic Club, The Middle East Institute, Muslim Women's Fund, & Asia Society Present a luncheon discussion with Isobel Coleman, Ph.D., Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, author of Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East.


Over the centuries and throughout the world, women have struggled for equality and basic rights. Their challenge in the Middle East has been intensified by the rise of a political Islam that too often condemns women's empowerment as Western cultural imperialism or, worse, anti-Islamic. In Paradise Beneath Her Feet, Isobel Coleman shows how Muslim women and men are fighting back with progressive interpretations of Islam to support women's rights in a growing movement of Islamic feminism.


In this timely book, Coleman journeys through the strategic crescent of the greater Middle East-Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan-to reveal how activists are working within the tenets of Islam to create economic, political, and educational opportunities for women. Coleman argues that these efforts are critical to bridging the conflict between those championing reform and those seeking to oppress women in the name of religious tradition. Success will bring greater stability and prosperity to the Middle East and stands to transform the region.