Judith E. Tucker, director of academic programs in Arab studies at Georgetown University, will speak on "Finding the Feminist Voice: Islamic Law and the Feminine in Theory and Practice" at 8 p.m. Wednesday in McDaniel Lounge.
An expert in Arab studies, she will give the Ridington Lecture, discussing how Islamic law defines women.
Tucker is professor of history and director of the master of arts in Arab studies program at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Tucker, who holds a doctorate in history and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University, has focused much of her research on the history of women and gender in the Arab world.
She is the author of Women in 19th Century Egypt and In the House of the Law: Gender and Islamic Law in Ottoman Syria and Palestine.
She is a prolific writer of articles and an editor of books on women in the Middle East and North Africa.