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Girls’ education in Islamic society will be the topic of April 6 lecture

ISSUED: 24 March 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — “Girls’ Education in Islamic Societies: A Historical Overview” is the topic of lecture sponsored by Shepherd University’s Common Reading Program and the Shepherd University Foundation. Dr. Sara Scalenghe, associate professor of history at Loyola University, will give the talk on Monday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies auditorium.

Scalenghe will explore whether Islam disapproves of education for girls. She will talk about the history of education for Muslim girls and women from the rise of Islam in the seventh century to current times, and then will focus specifically on present day Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shannon Holliday at 304-876-5461 or at

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