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The Unthought in Islam: Gender Perspectives

The Glasgow workshop will focus on the theme of gender. It will include a number of highly contentious issues currently generating much discussion in the West, namely the issue of women-only spaces for devotional activities. Such a feature has a long history in China, and papers on this issue will provide Scotland with examples of ways forward to understand the complexities involved. Feminism in Islam, whether “Islamist” or otherwise, is continuing to grow, aided by re-interpretations of Qur’anic figures. We will also examine — and challenge from both present-day and past perspectives — Islamic masculinities, and roles and ideals that men are expected to fulfill.

The Unthought in Islam: Gender Perspectives
18-19 APRIL

Juliane Hammer (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
“Women in Prayer: American Muslim Negotiations of Gender, Practice, and Space.”

Maria Jaschok (University of Oxford)
“Women’s Mosques, women imams and the resurgence of an expressive culture in Hui Muslim communities in contemporary China”

Zohar Hadromi-Allouche (University of Aberdeen)
The Good Wife: Eve as a paradigmatic feminine figure in Muslim tradition

Amanullah De Sondy (University College Cork)
“Scottish Islamic Masculinities: An Exploration”

Yafa Shanneik (University of South Wales)
“Re-thinking Women’s Empowerment? The Practice of self-flagellation among Shia Women between Europe and the Middle East”

The Unthought in Islam: Gender Perspectives
LOCATION: The Turnbull Room, Glasgow University

9.30-10.20 Lloyd Ridgeon (Glasgow University)
Clerics without turbans and women without veils: The unthought of Ahmad Qabel

10.20-11.10 Ziba Mir Hosseini (SOAS)
Are Men the Guardians of Women? The Unmaking of a Legal Fiction in Muslim Family Laws

Coffee 11.10-11.30

11.30-12.20 Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster University)
Gender, Revelation and Prophethood: Examining the unthought in the tafsir tradition

12.20-1.30 LUNCH

1.30-2.20 Farhad Shafti (Strathclyde University)

Women in which Islam? – A comparative study of traditionalist, textualist, contextualist and modern theorist views on Islam and women