Ammar was a Women’s Studies professor at Kent State University and is now at University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She works on restorative justice and domestic violence in Muslim women’s lives, writes against stereotyping the community, and also works on environmental justice. She was originally from Lebanon and moved here in the early 80s expecting, like so many other immigrants, to be able to go back. She has published work on terrorism, anti-immigration issues, domestic and sexual violence, and war violence with relation to Muslims throughout the world. Her work on domestic violence in immigrant communities has been invaluable in re-evaluating combating DSV and the impact and handling of child witnesses, while also giving an important insight into non-service seeking Muslim communities. It has been used by both the U.N. and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her activism work includes work with several NGOs in the Middle East. She was also consultant to the following governments on domestic and sexual violence and development issues: Bahrain, Lebanon, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. More recently she has been writing about environmental degredation and crisis through the lens of Islam and what the moral responsibility of Muslims may or may not be.
- listen to podcasts of her activism work here.
- Read her introduction to the online anthology she edited on Democracy and Homeland [In]Security as part of an annual conference of the same name here
- Read excerpt from her essay on Islam and the environmental crisis, entitled “An Islamic Response to the Manifest Ecological Crisis: Issues of Justice” here
- Read an excerpt from her essay on Islam, spirituality, and the environmental crisis, entitled “Islam and Deep Ecology” here
Unlike some readers of this blog, I do believe that you can be critical of the religion to which you belong and still call yourself a member. As a Catholic myself, I know that my moral fiber is wrapped in a socio-cultural faith base that cannot be separated out from my criticisms of the Vatican, conservative elements within the church, predatory acts, etc. I would expect nothing less from any critical thinker who is also engaged in a faith community regardless of what faith it may be.