Fiqh Facing Everyday Challenges: How Muftis Think

A seminar with Dr. Lena Larsen, University of Oslo.

Free admission and open to all.

Muslim Women in Western Europe are torn between two opposing notions of morality and norms: one stressing women's duties and obedience, and one stressing women's rights and equality before the law. Based upon her book How Muftis Think. Islamic Legal Thought and Muslim Women in Western Europe (BRILL 2018) Larsen will focus on muftis who see "the time and place" as important considerations in fatwa-giving, and seek to develop a local European Islamic Jurisprudence, and how they deal with Women's dilemmas.


Lena Larsen is the Director of The Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo. She is co-editor of New Directions in Islamic Thought. Exploring Reform and Muslim Tradition (I.B. Tauris 2009) and Gender and Equality in Muslim family Law. Justice and Ethics in the Islamic Legal Tradition (I.B. Tauris 2013).


If you have any questions concerning the seminar, please contact our CIMS coordinator, Alexandra H. Koritzinsky, either by email:, or at: (+47) 957 21 103.

Published Nov. 13, 2018 1:07 PM - Last modified May 10, 2019 3:35 PM