In partnership with An-Nisa Society & the Leo Baeck College
A Jewish-Muslim Text Based Seminar
Despondency and Despair:The Story of Jonah
The workshop will cover the following themes:
We will consider our frequent feelings of hopelessness about world events, our sense of despair, and our desire to run away from such painful situations.
Do our traditions recognise despair as an acceptable way of feeling, or do they insist that people of faith should always be in a state of hope?
Is there a way out of this despair? How can we continue to feel that we have purpose and that we still are able to do our bit to change things for the better?
This dialogue group has been running since 2003. We work in a text-based way and provide a safe space for discussion'.
Workshop led by:
Shaikha Halima Krausen & Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz
THIS IS A BI-LATERAL WORKSHOP FOR JEWS & MUSLIMS ONLY.
A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR OWN FAITH TRADITION USEFUL BUT NOT NECESSARY
The An-Nisa Society and Leo Baeck College bi-lateral text based workshops are now in their 13th year of working through a range of scripture based and contemporary issues. We are very grateful for the on-going commitment to all involved and the confidence we develop year by year to listen to each other, share with each other and also at times to make ourselves vulnerable to each other.
This workshop is open to new participants and to regular students. We will be working from a prepared workbook which means that while some basics of scripture is useful, it is not necessary. We provide basic information to participants on the basics of our faiths.
An-Nisa Society was set up in 1985 and works for the welfare of Muslim families. Our activities include a range of initiatives with a focus on nurturing individuals and families, strengthening local communities and support structures and promoting and developing services that are faith friendly. An-Nisa Society is also committed to engaging in dialogue with other faiths and cultures in order to promote harmony and co-existence.
Shaikha Halima Krausen became Muslim in her early teens, eventually learning Arabic and studying with visiting Muslim scholars and travelling extensively in the Muslim world. In 1992, she completed her studies in Hamburg that included Islamic Law and Theology with Imam Razvi, the leading scholar in Hamburg's Muslim Community, as well as Islamic studies, Christian Theology and Comparative Religion at the university. In 1985, Shaikha Halima became a founding member of the Inter-Religious Dialogue Circle at the Department of Theology at Hamburg University. Finally, in 1993 she helped found the educational institute Initiative for Islamic Studies and succeeded Imam Razvi as the head of the German-speaking community. After having been the imam for German speaking Muslims for 20 years, she now works for an interfaith association and teaches at Hamburg University.
Leo Baeck College is a pre-eminent institution of Jewish scholarship and learning that is open to all. At Leo Baeck College we combine inspirational, high calibre teaching with a commitment to enriching the intellectual and spiritual lives of the Progressive Jewish Community.
Dr Lindsey Taylor Guthartz studied archaeology at Cambridge and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and has recently completed PhD at UCL, on the religious lives of Orthodox Jewish women. She has taught and developed courses at LSJS since 2004, and teaches regularly in the community, as well as occasionally lecturing at Cambridge University and King’s College London. She edits books for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization and has written articles and book reviews for the Jewish Chronicle. Lindsey is a graduate of the LSJS Susi Bradfield Women Educators’ Programme