On Friday, June 24, AIC welcomed students from Loyola University’s Women & Religion summer class. Women in Islam was part of the course, and so, the class visited the College where they met with the AIC administration, and Hind Makki, founder of Side Entrance to discuss the topic in more depth.
Makki did an excellent job traversing through the complexities in discussing women, gender, and Islam by presenting the nuances, honestly, and the contextual backgrounds from which diverse responses regarding identity, politics, culture, religion, feminism, etc. arise.
Students raised important questions about the headscarf, visibility, leadership in Islam, and Islamophobia.
A tour of the AIC Masjid followed where questions about the basic layout of the prayer service and space were answered.
Thank you to Hind Makki for a thorough presentation and thank you to Dr. Aana Vigen, Loyola professor of Christian Social Ethics, for coordinating the dialogue.