18:00: Afterwork reception and networking
19:00: Introduction by Iman Lechkar - Fatima Mernissi Chair Holder VUB
19:15: Presentations and debate: Yassin Adnan, Soumia Boutkhil, and Najib Elmokhtari on the legacy of Fatima Mernissi
Moderator: Nadia Dala
21:00: Concert Abir El Abed & Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest
Fatima Mernissi died in Rabat at the age of 75 on 30 November 2015. As a leading Moroccan sociologist and writer, she was of great importance in the development of feminism in the Muslim world. As a result of her 1975 book Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in Muslim Society, she was given the nickname ‘the Simone de Beauvoir of the Maghreb’. The Guardian proclaimed her one of the hundred most influential Arab women. Her oeuvre explores the combined topics of power, gender and Islam and builds bridges between the West and the Arab world.
On this commemorative evening, Yassin Adnan (poet, novelist and journalist), Soumia Boutkhil (professor and author) and Najib Elmokhtari (a professor at the Université Internationale de Rabat) will talk about how they relate to Fatima Mernissi’s thinking and social action. To round off the evening, Morocco’s greatest singer, Abeer Al Abed, and the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest will perform an intense and moving programme of Arabic-Andalusian music.
This evening is organised by Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre and the Fatmia Mernissi Chair (VUB) in collaboration with RHEA, crosstalks (VUB), BOZAR and AWSA.