Asma Lamrabet

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Asma Lamrabet is trained in medicine and worked as a volunteer doctor in Spain and Latin America. In 1995 she started working in mainly Chile and Mexico for eight. There she came into contact with Liberation Theology, which caused her to examine her own religion. From 2004 until 2007, she returned to Morocco, where she organized a group of Muslim women interested in researching and reflecting upon Islam and intercultural dialog.

In 2008, she became president and a board member of International Group of Studies and Reflection on Women and Islam (GIERFI), based in Barcelona. GIERFI has members and experts from at least eight different countries including England, France, the United States and Morocco. Their mission is to help create a new female Muslim consciousness. Throughout this period, she continued to work as a physician, specializing in blood disorders at the Rabat Children’s Hospital.

In 2011 she became Director of Studies and Research Center on Women’s Issues in Islam of Rabita Mohammadia des Ulemas under the patronage of King Mohammad VI. As director, she organized an international seminar for women across the three large Abrahamic religions. She is the author of five books (in French). She is best known for Musulmane tout simplement. She published English and French articles that explore contentious issues, such as interfaith marriage and religious reform, in a Muslim context.

She is a third-way feminist who revises sacred Islamic texts. She has been compared to Amina Wadud and Margot Badran due to their shared belief that the interpretations that underlie Islamic law from the 9th century were excessively patriarchal and must be reinterpreted.