Asra Nomani is a journalist who taught journalism at Georgetown University and is also co-director of the Pearl Project, an investigative-reporting project looking into the kidnapping and murder of her former colleague, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. The project was published by the Center for Public Integrity.
Nomani is the author of two books, Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam and Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love. She is also the author of numerous articles, including "Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Bedroom", the "Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Mosque."
She was a friend and colleague of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was staying with her in Karachi with his wife when he was abducted and later murdered by Islamic militants in January 2002.
Nomani has been hailed by the New York Times for her "Rosa Parks-style activism" standing up for women's rights to pray and lead prayer in typically male-only or male-led environments.
In this interview Asra shares her last memory of Daniel Pearl and how that event changed her life. She covers her visit to the senate in hopes to shed light on Islam extremism with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She also shares for the first time her encounter with Seth MacFarlane and her time on the Bill Maher Panel.
Asra will take part in the Islam in the age of Trump debate at the Mythinformation Conference IV #Mythcon, in Milwaukee Septeber 30th, 2017.