On October 2, the Interfaith Health Program hosted Dr. Amanullah De Sondy for a lecture and panel discussion, entitled The Politics of Compassion: Human Rights and Religion in Global Health and Development. Dr. De Sondy is currently Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Miami and will assume a position as Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam at University College, Cork (Ireland) in 2015.
The lecture and discussion drew on key points from Dr. De Sondy’s book The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities, which argues that gender, sexuality, and identity in contemporary Muslim societies are contentious issues because of religious, political, and cultural forces that shape gender—what it means to be a man or woman—in those societies. Dr. De Sondy’s book examines these issues along three axes: 1) men’s relationship to women, 2) men’s relationship to God, and 3) men’s relationship to Western cultural forces.
Global health programs and policies—particularly those that originate from the United States or Europe—are carried out in the midst of the contentious debates. The implications for HIV prevention or sexual and reproductive health initiatives are immense. The panel discussion explored some of these implications for current public health and development programs.
- Isam Vaid, Research Scientist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Director of Muslim Religious Life in the Office of Religious Life at Emory University
- Anushka Aqil, MPH student, Rollins School of Public Health
- John Blevins, Associate Research Professor, Interfaith Health Program, Rollins School of Public Health
- Amanullah De Sondy
Below you will find further information on Dr. De Sondy’s book and video recordings of the key portions of the event.
INTRODUCTIONS TO THE LECTURE TOPIC:
DR. DESONDY READING FROM THE CONCLUSION OF HIS BOOK: