Our network

Islamic Women’s Rights Expert, Activist to Speak at Hilbert | Arts & Culture

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Islamic Women’s Rights Expert, Activist to Speak at Hilbert
Islamic Women’s Rights Expert, Activist to Speak at Hilbert

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Temporary marriage, a controversial practice in author Nadia Shahram’s native Iran, will be addressed by the Islamic women’s rights expert and activist at the Hilbert College Visiting Artist Series presented by the college’s English Department.

Published last spring, “Marriage On the Street Corners of Tehran” will be the highlight of Shahram’s discussion at 7:30 p.m. April 7 in Hilbert’s William E. Swan Auditorium.

Shahram will talk about temporary marriage, a practice when a man and woman enter into a “marriage” for a set price and a short time limit, as well as its history and what often prompts women to become short-term wives. She will read from her novel with a question and answer period to follow.

An Amherst attorney, Shahram also will address honor killings, a drastic practice in which a woman is killed by a close male relative, usually a father or brother, in retaliation for allegedly dishonoring the family. She will discuss its deep roots in some parts of the Middle East and Asia and the growing incidences of it in the U.S., including the reference to honor killing in the case of Aasiya Zubair Hassan, who was murdered by her husband in 2009 in the offices of Orchard Park-based Bridges TV. A video about honor killings, which Shahram is developing into a documentary, will be shown.

Shahram, whose law practice focuses on matrimonial law and mediation, has spoken and written extensively on Muslim women’s rights and Islamic family law. As part of her research, she’s traveled to Iran where she’s interviewed women impacted by temporary marriage and Islamic family law practices. In addition to her private practice, Shahram teaches at the University at Buffalo School of Law.

The Visiting Artist event, which is free and open to the public, will close out with a reception and book signing.

Advance registration is requested by contacting Anthony Hughes, Ph.D., at 926-8856 or e-mail hughes@hilbert.edu.

Hamburg Businesses