Debra Majeed

Debra Majeed, professor of religious studies at Beloit College, is a religious historian who has made the interconnection between religion, gender and justice central to her life’s work.  With the publication of her groundbreaking work, Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands in 2015, Dr. Majeed continues to work with mosque communities for the cultivation of resources and support for healthy marriage regardless of form. Her current research has expanded to include child marriage and domestic abuse as acts of violence that happen in the lives of women.

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Lack of awareness about what Islam is and how its followers are religiously motivated to act, coupled with heightened tensions during the 2016 presidential campaign about the patriotism of American Muslims, led me to offer “Arabs and Muslims in the Media” as a first-time offering this semester. The twenty-one students who ...

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