Islamic scholar Ingrid Mattson to present Sihler Lecture on 'Islamic Marriage and Family Law between Christian and Secular America' March 11

Feb. 24, 2010

Ingrid Mattson, professor of Islamic studies at Hartford Seminary, will present the 2010 Luther College Sihler Lecture Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in Valders Hall of Science, Room 102. 

Mattson’s lecture, “Islamic Marriage and Family Law between Christian and Secular America,” is open to the public with no charge for admission.

With respect to family law, Mattson will show the problems the Muslim American community has had in trying to find where it fits best in the struggle between religious and secular factions in America.

Mattson is founder and director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program and director of the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary.

She has written articles exploring the relationship between Islamic law and society, as well as gender and leadership issues in contemporary Muslim communities. 

Her introduction to the Islamic sacred text, “The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Societies,” has been called “a delicate balance of highly scholarly material and inviting anecdotes.” 

Mattson is frequently consulted by media, government and civic organizations and serves as an expert witness.

Mattson holds the bachelor of arts degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and the doctoral degree in Islamic studies from the University of Chicago.

From 1987-88 she lived in Pakistan where she developed and implemented a midwife-training program for Afghan refugee women.

In 2006, Mattson was elected president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) where she had previously served two terms as vice-president. She is the first woman to serve as president of the ISNA.

The Sihler Lecture, organized by the Luther women and gender studies program, is funded by the Sihler Endowment with additional support from the Luther Center for Ethics and Public Life.