Film Screening: THE JUDGE

Location: American Islamic College, Auditorium
Parking: Free, located in the rear of the main building at 613 W. Bittersweet Pl.
This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required.


When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. THE JUDGE offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. With unparalleled access to the courts, THE JUDGE presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine—custody of children, divorce, abuse—while offering an unvarnished look at life for women and Shari’a.

Discussion with Assoc. Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Shabana Mir, will follow.

Speaker Biography:

Shabana Mir is the author of the award-winning book Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity, published by the University of North Carolina Press (2014). The book has received the Outstanding Book Award from the National Association for Ethnic Studies and the Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association (2014).

Dr. Mir has over thirteen years’ diverse teaching experience. She taught Anthropology at Millikin University, IL (2012-2014) and graduate and undergraduate courses in Qualitative Research Methods, Education, Anthropology, and Literature at the University of Southern California online (2014-2015), Oklahoma State University (2008-2012), Indiana University (1999-2001), and Eastern Illinois University. She taught English at the International Islamic University, Islamabad (1991-1993).

Dr. Mir earned her Ph.D. in education policy studies and anthropology, with a concentration in comparative education, from Indiana University, Bloomington. She received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her doctoral dissertation from the American Anthropological Association’s Council on Anthropology and Education (2006).  She conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Washington, DC area, as Visiting Researcher at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University.  She also has an M.A. in English Literature from Punjab University, Pakistan and an M.Phil. in Education from Cambridge University (UK).

Dr. Mir has lived, studied, and taught in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Pakistan. She has worked as curriculum designer, residence hall director, retreat leader, feminist troublemaker, faculty development expert, and research consultant in a variety of settings.

Shabana has written academic chapters, journal articles, children’s literature, a blog, and, of course, her book. She is an International public speaker on gender, religion, education, and politics. She speaks English, Urdu and Punjabi, and some Arabic and Farsi, and is delighted to be part of the American Islamic College community.

Event Summary

On October 20th, AIC screened the acclaimed documentary, The Judge. The documentary film follows the story of the trailblaizer, Khaloud Al-Faqih, a Palestinian woman who became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shariah Courts.

Dr. Shabana Mir, Associate Professor of Anthropology at American Islamic College, led the discussion after the screening. Questions and insight regarding the Palestinian context, women, gender, and Islam, religious vs. civil law, and women and human rights were but a few of the topics shared.

The film is produced and directed by Erika Cohn. More information about the film can be found here.

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