Women, Sharia Law, and The Judge
Friday, we're profiling a new documentary about the first woman judge on Palestine's court of Islamic law. Utah filmmaker Erika Cohn joins us to talk about women, Sharia law and The Judge.
When you see a picture of Kholoud al-Faqih, you might not guess “feminist.” She’s Muslim, wears a headscarf, and just happens to be the first woman judge on Palestine’s court of Islamic law. She fought for her appointment, and fights to keep it because, as she puts it in a new documentary, “If I don’t achieve justice for myself, I won’t achieve justice for the people.” Friday, director Erika Cohn and legal scholar Asifa Quraishi-Landes join us to talk about women, Sharia law and The Judge.
- Erika Cohn is a director based in Salt Lake City. Her film In Football We Trust premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Judge opens May 11 at Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City, and Friday and Saturday night, Cohn will be on hand for a Q&A following the 7 p.m. screenings. You can buy tickets from Salt Lake Film Society.
- Asifa Quraishi-Landes is a legal scholar who specializes in comparative Islamic and U.S. constitutional law. She's a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.