Contemporary Perspectives: Deconstructing the Veil
San Francisco, CA 94102
The hijab, chador and burqa are often understood as veils worn by women in Muslim societies, but did you know that covering oneself is a tradition shared among all major Abrahamic religions—Christianity, Judaism and Islam? Suzanne El Gamal moderates a panel discussion investigating the veil as part of larger historic and religious traditions, and as a lens to explore Islamophobia, gender politics and stereotypes. Panelists include women who choose to wear and not wear the veil: Ameena Jandali, Zahra Billoo and Nora Talebi.
Zahra Billoo is the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR, www.cair.com), whose mission is to protect civil liberties of American Muslims and advocate for justice and mutual understanding.
Suzanne El Gamal is president of San Francisco State University’s Pi Alpha Alpha Public Administration Honor Society and president of the board of ZAWAYA (www.zawaya.org), a San Mateo-based Arabic arts organization. Suzanne is passionate about identifying methods for increasing the impact of nonprofit organizations on society.
Ameena Jandaliis a founding member of the Islamic Network Group (ING, www.ing.org). She co-designs and develops ING’s educational presentations and cultural competency seminars on Islam and related subjects, in colleges, universities, religious centers and other venues.
Nora Talebi is a longtime volunteer speaker with the Islamic Network Group. She is a practicing community pharmacist in the East Bay and has been an ING speaker since 2002.
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