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Women in Islam to be topic of RCC-RILL course

Ms. Obeid

Ms. Obeid

A course on “Women in Islam,” sponsored by the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning, will be taught by Diana Obeid on September 14, 21, and 28 (Wednesdays) from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Gloucester County Main Library. This course will discuss the role and status of women in Muslim societies from the rise of Islam in the seventh century to the present, with focus on women and sexuality, the rise of Islamic feminism, and women in the shari‘a (Islamic law). Among other questions, it will answer these: Is Islam oppressive to women? Why do some Muslim women veil while others don’t? What does the Qur’an say about women?

A native of Lebanon, Diana Obeid is an instructor for Christopher Newport University’s Lifelong Learning Society. She has taught courses on “Politics of the Veil,” “Women in the Middle East,” and “The Arabian Nights,” as well as beginning, elementary, and intermediate Arabic. Now a graduate student at Old Dominion University, she is writing a thesis on Arab women writers.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Women in Islam” and other upcoming courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at

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