Jeena Kar

Mentor: Dr. Zoharah Simmons
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
 
"As I move forward in my undergraduate career, I am finding overlaps between all kinds of areas of study. This is the essence of a Liberal Arts education - putting together knowledge from seemingly different disciplines. My research hopes to uncover some of the intersections between Women's Studies, Religion, Counseling/Psychology, and History. "

Major

Religion

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Islamic Feminism
  • Spirituality and Healthcare
  • Arts and Healthcare

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Florida Bright Futures

Organizations

  • Heal the World
  • Project Downtown
  • Indian Students Association

Volunteer

  • HTW Weekly Service
  • Henna Crowns for Chemo
  • PD Meal Services

Hobbies and Interests

  • Painting
  • Henna Art
  • Bollywood
  • Reading

Research Description

Spirituality: An Underused tool for progress in Islamic Feminism
When we look at Islamic History, we find women in the forefront of academia and scholarship. We find women leading battle, participating in legal affairs, and transcribing some of the most important pieces of Islamic Scriptures. Yet, Feminism in Islam today lags miles behind its Abrahamic counterparts. Women face honor killings, assault, demoralization, and inequality in education and politics- in the name of the very same Islam that upheld women with upmost respect in its original form. What caused this discrepancy? This research project aims to first analyze the current state of Islamic Feminism and next propose Spiritual Movements as a tool for change. Spirituality can promote self-care, forgiveness, a freeing of conservative mindsets, interconnectedness amongst both genders of the Ummah, and empowerment of the spiritually wounded.