Book Launch: Women, Leadership and Mosques Edited by Masooda Bano and Hilary Kalmbach

06 March, 2012

ODID is hosting the launched of a new volume edited by Masooda Bano and Hilary Kalmbach entitled Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority.

The volume, published by Brill, features case studies of female Muslim scholars, preachers and leaders emerging within mosques and madrasas, traditional spheres of religious authority, in Muslim-majority contexts as well as in diaspora communities in Europe and USA. It sheds light on the factors leading to their emergence, the demands they make on their followers, and the conception of female agency and empowerment they promote.

The launch takes place on Friday March 9, 1-5:30 pm, in Seminar Room 3.

Launch programme

Session 1: 2-3.30 pm: Introduction and reviews

  • Introductions by the editors (Masooda Bano and Hilary Kalmbach)
  • Contributions by the authors (Maria Jaschok, Oxford; Patricia Jeffery, Edinburgh; Mirjam Künkler, Princeton; Nick Micinski)
  • Comments: Professor David Gellner,Head of School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

Session 2: 3.30- 5pm: Lived experiences from Europe

  • Dialogue with female Muslim Preachers/ Leaders from Europe: Leyla Cakir, Netherlands & Rabeya Müller, Germany
  • Programme Chair: Professor Linda Woodhead Director, AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme

5-5.30pm Wine Reception

This event has been generously sponsored by the ESRC Global Uncertainties Research Programme.

Read the news story on the Oxford University website.