“The real problem is ignorance”: Shahrzad Houshmand Zadeh, a Muslim theologian who teaches Islamic studies at the Gregorian University in Rome, goes straight to the point when interviewed by Chiara Zappa for the March issue of “Mondo e Missione”. Born and raised in Iran, mother of three children, constantly committed to Islamic-Christian dialogue, Shahrzad Houshmand – together with other Muslim theologians – is carrying out a work of interpretation of the sacred texts and bringing them up to date. “At a global level” she explains “there are many signs that show how much the women of Islam can contribute to the growth and human development of society. Just think of the Nobel Peace Prizes of recent years awarded to three Muslim activists: the Iranian Shirin Ebadi, the Yemenite Tawakkol Karman and the Pakistani Malala Yousafzai: women who come from very different geographical and cultural contexts and yet have in common a commitment to renewing their own societies. I hope”, she concludes, “that change will start with these women”.
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