Workshops for teachers: Teaching Islam and Gender

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Workshops for teachers: Teaching Islam and Gender using passages from the Qur’an, hadith and legal rulings 09 June 2021, 4.30pm

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Philosophy, Religion and Ethics Workshops for teachers: Teaching Islam and Gender using passages from the Qur’an, hadith and legal rulings

Roehampton’s academics in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics have devised a series of 60-minute professional development workshops for teachers of KS3 and KS4 to take place virtually in June 2021.

Sessions focus on particular topics, but provide material suitable for teaching a range of GCSE and A-level texts, so there is something for everyone in each session.

This session's topic will be on teaching Islam and gender using passages from the Qur’an, hadith and legal rulings.

Islam tends to be studied and presented as a religion and a way of life with one voice. Since its historical inception, however, it has consistently offered varied and often contradictory voices. By focusing on the issue of polygyny, this session will analyse classical and modern understandings of two relevant Quranic verses. It will examine the precedent of the Prophet Muhammad with regards to his marriages and provide an overview of modern legal developments relative to the practice of polygyny in some Islamic countries. In two of them, polygyny has, for several decades, been made illegal.

Modernist and feminist readings of the two Quranic verses will help facilitate class discussion about textual interpretation, the relevance of polygyny in today’s society and the link between legal theory and practice.

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