Zakaria to Speak on Honor Killings

Rafia Zakaria's research as an author, attorney and activist focuses on Sharia law.

Feb. 10, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— A former board member of Amnesty International USA and prominent attorney and human rights activist, Rafia Zakaria, will speak March 2 at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Zakaria is the first Muslim American woman to serve two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. Zakaria is a columnist for DAWN, Pakistan’s most widely read English-language newspaper, and has published work in The New York Times, The Progressive, and many other publications. She is also the author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan (Beacon Press, 2015), a memoir of Karachi through the eyes of its women. Her research as an author, attorney, and activist focuses on Sharia law as it is implemented among Muslim communities in Western countries and within the U.S. court system.

Zakaria’s presentation, entitled “Honor Killing: How Telling the Stories Does Not End the Crimes,” will be held at 4 p.m. March 2 in the Beckman Auditorium of The Ames Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Zakaria’s visit to Illinois Wesleyan is sponsored by the Department of Political Science lecture series and is also a co-curricular event associated with the intellectual theme Women’s Power, Women’s Justice.

By Reilly Kasprak ’17