Islamic Cultural Celebration

Islamic Cultural Celebration 2016

 March 28 to March 31, 2016

“Islam in America”

The Islamic Cultural Celebration is a week-long celebration of the Islamic faith sponsored by UMW’s Islamic Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center. Join us for a week packed with fun activities, engaging discussions, and good food! Come to the banquet at the end of the week to hear from our guest speaker, Zainab Alwani.


Islamic Cultural Celebration Kick-off Dinner

Monday, March 28, 5 p.m., University Center Dining, Fourth Floor

Join ISA as they kick-off the celebration with Mediterranean food. Come and chat with the officers and learn about the events for the week!

Henna Workshop

Tuesday, March 29, 5 p.m., Underground, Lee Hall

Join members of the Islamic Student Association as they demonstrate henna body art and provide participants with henna tattoos.

Interfaith Panel: Women as Spiritual Leaders

Wednesday, March 30, 6p.m., Lee 411

Come join women leaders from different religious backgrounds as they discuss faith, gender and what it is like to be a women of faith in today’s world.

Islamic Cultural Celebration Banquet Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Zainab Alwani


Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m., Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Co-sponsored by the Islamic Student Association

Dr. Zainab Alwani is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the Howard University School of Divinity. She is an Islamic scholar, speaker, researcher, and community activist. In addition to being the first female jurist to serve on the board for the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), Dr. Alwani currently serves as the Vice President of the FCNA. Her research focuses on Quranic studies, Islamic jurisprudence, the relationship between civil and religious law in the area of family and gender, comparative religions, and inter-religious dialogue.

Dr. Alwani has authored and co-authored a wide variety of scholarly articles and books including:  What Islam Says about Domestic Violence; Perspectives: Arabic Language and Culture in Films; The development of Maqasid/objectives of al Shariah in the Contemporary Context; and a chapter in the book Change from Within. Her latest publication is her book titled, Muslim Women and Global Challanges: Seeking Change Through a Quranic Textual Approach and the Prophetic Model.  Her forthcoming publications include scholarly books and articles.

Dr. Alwani received her Ph.D. in Islamic Sciences (Usul Al-Fiqh) and Islamic Jurisprudence from the International Islamic University of Malaysia. Her Ph.D dissertation focused on Islamic jurisprudence: the implementation of the Maqasid/objectives of al Shariah in the American Muslim family. She is a member and a board member of various national organizations including, Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights KARAMAH, the Abrahamic Roundtable, and the American Academy of Religion.


All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044; Lee Hall 211; or via email at