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Islamic Feminist: Duke Students Tried To Cancel My Speech. That Made It Even More Important
This past week, University of Michigan students watched American Sniper after the university first cancelled the film's showing amid protests from an Arab-American Muslim student that the film offended her. The episode at Michigan was like my own painful experience at Duke University after a Muslim student group recently blackballed me.
Tuesday night, while Islamic State fighters gained new ground in Syria, I walked onto a stage at Duke University to argue for a progressive, feminist interpretation of Islam in the world. Staring into stage lights, I counted the number of people looking back at me: nine, not including my parents and son.
"I would have come here to speak to just one person. To me, it is simply a victory to stand before you," I said.
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