BOSTON (AP) — A student group at Brandeis University was to host a screening Wednesday night of a film produced by an advocate whom the school decided not to honor with a degree after concerns were raised about her comments on Islam.
The film, ‘‘Honor Diaries,’’ focuses on gender inequality and gender-based violence in majority-Muslim societies through the eyes of nine Muslim women as well as the activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Senior Daniel Mael, one of the students who organized the screening, said he wanted the documentary aired on the Waltham-based campus to show why Ali, a Somali-born women’s rights advocate, was scheduled to receive an honorary degree in the first place. Brandeis revoked the offer after concerns were raised about comments she'd made that were critical of Islam.
‘‘She was chosen as an outspoken defender of women’s rights and the university should be able to honor people on their individual work, which does not represent every thought or word that they uttered,’’ Mael said.
In a 2007 interview with Reason Magazine, Ali said of Islam: ‘‘Once it’s defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now. They’re not interested in peace. I think that we are at war with Islam. And there’s no middle ground in wars.’’
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