At this year's Willis Wood Lecture, Marion Holmes Katz will discuss "Law, Ethics and the Politics of Islamic Studies."
Katz received a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She has taught at Franklin and Marshall College and Mount Holyoke College, and is currently a professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Her research revolves around issues of Islamic law, gender and ritual. Her publications include Body of Text: The Emergence of the Sunni Law of Ritual Purity (SUNY Press, 2002) and The Birth of the Prophet Muhammad: Devotional Piety in Sunni Islam (Routledge, 2007), Prayer in Islamic Thought and Practice (Cambridge, 2013) and Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice (Columbia University Press, 2014).
This event is free and open to the public and is generously sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund and the Amherst College Department of Religion.