University Community Forum: American ‘Yan Taru


  • Categories: Community
  • Event posted: Aug. 13, 2013
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

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University Community Forum: American ‘Yan Taru: An Islamic Educational Movement for American Muslim Women

This project investigates a growing movement in the United States of former Nation of Islam (NOI) and African American Muslim women (Muslimahs). They have elected to revitalize their spirituality and strengthen their connection to their African heritage by adopting the teachings of the northern Nigerian woman scholar Nana Asma’u (1793-1864), who was a quadrilingual scholar, teacher, poet and activist in a turbulent period. She established a model for women’s education known as ‘Yan Taru (the Associates). Asma’u’s gender-equitable approaches to Islamic education defy the stereotype of women’s subordination in Islam.

University Forum is sponsored by Ecumenical Campus Ministries. This program is held each Wednesday during the Spring and Fall semesters at the ECM Center. The presentations are free and open to the University and Lawrence communities.

Every presentation begins at 12:00 noon, and usually includes a brief question and answer period before concluding at 1:00 p.m. We also serve an optional lunch at 11:30am for $6.50 ($3.50 for students)

The University-Community forum has been bringing together the KU and Lawrence communities since the 1940s. This program is a series of presentations by faculty, students and community members to educate and facilitate dialogue on ideas and events that shape our society.


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