It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Barbara Freyer Stowasser on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. She was surrounded by friends and family. Dr. Stowasser was Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies from 1994 to 2012 (though her service to Georgetown University extends back to 1966 when she began lecturing in the Arabic Department), holder of the Sultanate of Oman Chair in Arabic and Islamic Literature at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, a core member of the faculty of CCAS, and thrice director of the Center. Dr. Stowasser was a leading world scholar in studies of women in the Qur'an and hadith, and a colleague of rare intellect, compassion, and humor. Her expertise and influence shall be sorely missed.
The family has expressed its wish to hold a memorial service at Georgetown University in the late summer or early fall, and details shall be forthcoming. The faculty, staff, and students of CCAS express our deepest sympathies with her family, grieving her loss at this time.
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