A lingering image of Islam is women in veils. The liberation of oppressed women was a supposed benefit of the war in Afghanistan. But how do Western attitudes about feminism mesh with Islam? Hooshang Pazaki, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Drury who was born in Iran, opens a cultural door onto how men and women relate.
Dr. Pazaki's convocation covered some of the Islamic laws and principles in regard to women, as put forth in Quran, as well as applications of Islamic laws in countries like Iran. Dr. Pazaki also discussed some of the recent women's movements and others who challenge conservative interpretations of Islamic principles.
Hooshang Pazaki received his baccalaureate degree from the University of Esfahan (Iran) and his master's degree and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before coming to Drury in 1991, Dr. Pazaki taught sociology at Southwest Missouri State and the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was involved with many committees.
The journals in which Pazaki has published include The Sociological Quarterly and The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care. He has presented numerous papers and organized data bases for several research projects. He is a member of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, Rutgers University, the Midwest Sociological Society, the Middle East Studies Association and the American Sociological Association.
Pazaki's areas of expertise include development and change in third world countries and social and political changes in the Middle East.
Drury behavioral sciences department