Gender in the Muslim World 

Visiting Fulbright Professor to Provide
Muslim Insights, Afghan Experiences and
Female Perspectives at Westminster College

Fulton, MO - As part of an international program called "Direct Access to the Muslim World", Dr. Razia Sultana gave a public lecture at Westminster College on Wednesday, November 10. The lecture, made possible in part by the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program, was open to the public and started at 7 pm in the lecture hall of Westminster's new Coulter Science Center in Fulton.

Dr. Sultana has more than 12 years of teaching, training and research at the post-graduate level. She is currently an assistant professor at the Department of History at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan. Her specialized research and lecture experience is focused upon the political and ethnic issues of Afghanistan during the 1990s. She has also conducted extensive research and given presentations about the growth and impact of the Taliban, the effects of post-Taliban reconstruction efforts, and the unique challenges faced by women in the Muslim world.

In addition to her public lecture on Wednesday evening at Westminster College, Sultana spent three days on the Westminster campus - speaking to various classes of history, religious studies, political science, philosophy and other groups of students. Likewise, Sultana also spoke with members of the Westminster faculty at a lunch forum.

"Dr. Sultana's unique knowledge and Muslim perspectives certainly proved to be insightful and eye-opening to many people," said Dr. Sam Goodfellow, associate professor of history at Westminster. "A visitor and lecturer like this is a rare opportunity for people at the college and in the community to directly hear the personal insights and professional opinions of a Muslim expert."

The aim of this Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program is to help American colleges and universities enrich programs and courses on the Muslim world and civilization, and to inform American communities about Islam and Islamic peoples and communities. The program is overseen by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Coordination of Sultana's visit is a cooperative effort between faculty members at Westminster College and the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she is also spending several days.