Current Challenges: Gender and New Forms of Political Activism

7 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2014

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Pnina Lahav

Boston University - School of Law

Date Written: November 6, 2014


This presentation was delivered at the Fifth Transatlantic dialogue on gender issues supported by the Jean Jores Foundation and held at Boston University. The presentation tries to connect issues of religious activism to notions of citizenship. Its focus is the right of religious women to pray as equal citizens of their respective religions. The paper compares the struggle of religious women to be recognized as full citizens of their respective religions in Judaism and Islam, and explores these struggles as they unfold in France, the United States and Israel. The cases of the Women of the Wall in Israel, of the struggle of women to pray at the Grand Mosque de Paris and the campaign led by Professor Amina Wadud to integrate women in the Friday prayer under Islam in New York City are explored.

Keywords: Women's religious activism, concepts of citizenship, comparative law and religion, women of the wall, Grand Mosque de Paris, Professor Amina Wadud, Friday prayers in Islam

JEL Classification: K19, K39

Suggested Citation

Lahav, Pnina, Current Challenges: Gender and New Forms of Political Activism (November 6, 2014). Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-71, Available at SSRN: or

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