Ghazala Munir

"Feminism & Faith: A Diversity of Voices"
Panel presentation and discussion

from an Islamic perspective

Ghazala Munir, currently Adjunct Professor at Kendall College of Art and Design, received both her B.S. in Chemistry and her M.S. in Chemistry from Peshwar University, Peshwar, Pakistan. Recently, she was one of five workshop leaders for the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life Consultation held at Brown University (June 1998). Her essay, "Muslim Women in Dialogue-Breaking Walls, Building Bridges," will be included in the forthcoming text, Contributions of Muslims to North America.

Munir has served in numerous community organizations in Grand Rapids, including on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Dialogue Association, the Asian Center of West Michigan, the Institute for Global Education, and the Islamic Center of Grand Rapids. From 1993-1996 she served on the Multi-Cultural Task Force of Forest Hills Public School. In 1996, Munir was a Coolidge Fellow at Yale University's Association for Religion and Intellectual Life Colloquium. She was the first Muslim woman to be accepted in this event.

Munir's public speaking engagements number near one hundred. She has presented in classes at Calvin College, Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, and Western Theological Seminary. Topics she has spoken on in religious institutions include "Faces of Faith: Changes and Challenges" (Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids), "The Diverse People of the Muslim World" (Thornapple Evangelical Covenant Church, Grand Rapids) and "Islam and Its Relationship and Interaction with Modern Christianity" (Westminster Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo).

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