Muslim Professor Educates Yale Students on Women and Islam

February 23, 2004

Source: Yale Daily News

On February 23, 2004 Yale Daily News reported that "Hartford Seminary Islamic Studies professor Ingrid Mattson discussed the role of women in Islam at a Trumbull College Master's Tea Thursday. The talk was one of several events hosted by the Muslim Students Association to celebrate Islamic Awareness Week. MSA political action co-chair Arafat Razzaque '06 said the MSA hopes to educate the greater Yale community about the role of women in Islam with a series of talks and panels this week.... Mattson said she gained insight into this issue while she was in China, where saw examples of female-only mosques. Although she said several of her fellow companions were uncomfortable there, Mattson said she felt the mosques adequately served the needs of the Chinese Muslim community. With this in mind, Mattson said she started a program for Muslim chaplains from the U.S. who were attempting to meet the needs of a society that is not traditionally Muslim."