Lynda Clarke

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Lynda Clarke joined the Department of Religion in 1998 after having held positions in Islam and Religion in the Department of Religion at Bard College, New York, and Persian literature in the Department of Asian and Middle East Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include Shiism, women, law (especially in relation to gender), and Islam in the West, and she works chiefly in the geographical regions of the Arab Middle East and Iran. Her current focus in the area of Shiism is on Sunni-Shiite relations, both in historical and contemporary times. Dr. Clarke has also worked with Muslim activists and the Ontario Law Society to produce aMuslim Marriage Contract Kit (2010, available in French asTrousse de Contrat de mariage musulman) designed to address issues with the private use of Islamic law in the West, and she continues to consult and hold workshops for women’s groups across the country on this subject.


Selected publications

Shiite Heritage: Essays in Classical and Modern Traditions(edited and translated with five introductory essays). Binghamton, NY: Global/SUNY Press, 2001.

“Faith and Unfaith in Pre-Occultation Shiism: A Study in Theological and Social History”. In Islam and Other Religions. Edited by I. Omar. London: Routledge, 2006, pp. 97-112. Originally published in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 15:1 (January 2004), 109-123.

“Fundamentalism and Shiism” and “Fundamentalism, Khomeinism and the Islamic Republic of Iran”. InFundamentalism: Perspectives on a Contested History.Edited by S. Wood and D. Watt. University of South Carolina Press, 2012.

“Hijab According to the Hadith: Text and Interpretation.” InThe Muslim Veil in North America: Issues and Debates. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2003, pp. 214-286.

“Women in Islam” & “Two Muslim Women in North America”. In Women and Religious Traditions. Edited by P. Dickey-Young, et al. Oxford University Pres: 1st edition, 2004; 2nd revised edition, 2010, pp. 193-224 & 322-28; 3rd edition, revised and expanded, 2013.

Iddah” [Wife’s dower: law]. In Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, 2009.

L. Clarke & P. Cross. Muslim & Canadian Family Law: A Comparative Primer. Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Canada, 2006. Translated as Lois musulmanes et canadiennes de la famille, 2007.

“Asking Questions about Shariah: Lessons from Ontario”. InDebating Shariah: Islam, Gender, Politics and Family Law Arbitration. Edited by J. Selby and A. Kortweg. University of toronto Press, 2012, pp. 153-191.