From the Federalist:
Duke University’s mission statement says it is dedicated to “promot[ing] an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry.” Yet when Asra Nomani, a journalist and author of two books, came to speak on “The Paradox of Women in Islam,” the university almost rescinded her invitation.
The Muslim Students Association sent an email smearing her as a friend of “Islamophobes” and discouraged students from attending. Nomani wrote in January about the campaign to label critics of radical Islam as “Islamophobes.”
This kind of “bullying” “often works to silence critics of Islamic extremism,” she wrote. Nomani isn’t remaining silent. Far from being an Islamophobe, she is a Muslim who has tried to modernize and reform Islam for the past decade.
She pushed to integrate the sex-segregated male-only prayer room at her mosque in Morgantown, West Virginia, in 2003. In 2005, she organized a female-led prayer at a mixed-gender congregation. For those transgressions, she says she received death threats.