Speaks her mind publicly about Muslim culture and treatment of women

STOUGHTON, MA (November 11, 2009) __ “Most Muslims, if not all of them, will condemn me to death when they read this book.” These words were written by Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates. Sultan is a Syrian-born American psychiatrist who speaks out about what she feels is wrong and hateful about aspects of Muslim culture. Sultan will be speaking at Ahavath Torah Congregation on Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 PM.

Sultan is known popularly as “That Muslim Woman on Al Jazeera,” singularly distinguished by her audacity and her willingness to openly speak her mind in a culture that would seek to subjugate her every thought, opinion and emotion. Subsequently, she has been hailed by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. She is looked upon as a defiant, passionate force against the misogyny she argues is inherent within Muslim culture itself.

Wafa Sultan is a Syrian-born American psychiatrist who, three years ago, caused a firestorm in the Arab world for a series of incendiary interviews on Al-Jazeera TV, in which she directly and bluntly challenged the Muslim world to act against the barbarous culture of hate and intolerance that has defined Islamic thinking for centuries. Growing up in Syria, Sultan had seen firsthand the destructive oppression clouding Muslim society, particularly in its abhorrent treatment of women, its wildly inaccurate view of the West and its dissociative treatment of non-Muslims. Now, as an adult, she refuses to remain silent in the face of such hate, and has become a widely sought-after and provocative expert on these issues, as well as a leading proponent for women’s rights in the Middle East.

The public is warmly invited to hear this courageous woman speak her mind freely and publicly. Cost is $15. For more information, contact the synagogue office at (781) 344-8733 or via e-mail at office@atorah. org.

Ahavath Torah Congregation is a Conservative synagogue in Stoughton, MA, with Rabbi Jonathan Hausman as religious leader. It is conveniently located at 1179 Central Street, Stoughton, just off Route 138 and minutes from Rtes. 24, 139, 27 and 123. For more information, call the office at 781-344-8733, contact the synagogue via email at ahavathtorah@ hotmail.com, or visit the website at www.atorah.org.