When Faith gets Practical: Bible and Activism in the Classroom

 Dr Mmapula Diana Kebaneilwe is Senior Lecturer of Hebrew and Old Testament studies at the University of Botswana.  She obtained her PhD in Old Testament Studies from the University of Murdoch in Perth, Australia in 2012. The title of her PhD thesis was This Courageous Woman: A socio-rhetorical Womanist Reading of Proverbs 31:10-31. Her research... Continue Reading →

F&A Series: ‘African women’s anti-witchcraft: what kind of faith-based activism is this?’

Dr Laura S. Grillo is an affiliated faculty at Georgetown University. A historian of religions and cultural anthropologist, she specializes in the contemporary indigenous religions of West Africa, with particular interest in gender, ethics, and postcolonial theory. Throughout West Africa, women’s political activism has exploited the widely held traditional religious belief that postmenopausal elders are... Continue Reading →

F&A Series: ‘Queering Orthodoxy’

Orit Avishai is a Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Fordham University in New York. Her book in progress is titled Queering Orthodoxy: The Battle for Judaism’s (Straight) Soul. She is co-organizing an international conference of LGBT activists of faith to be held at Fordham in 2021. When it comes to LGBTQ+... Continue Reading →

Faith & Activism: Call for Contributions

In the forthcoming twelve months, the Leeds Centre for Religion and Public Life will be publishing a special online series via our ‘Religion in Public’ site titled ‘Faith and Activism’. This series will explore the diverse and complex relationship between faith and socio-political activism in a variety of global contexts and in relation to a... Continue Reading →

Q&A with Caroline Starkey about her new book, Women in British Buddhism

Dr Caroline Starkey is Associate Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Leeds, and a member of the Centre for Religion and Public Life. Her new book, Women in British Buddhism: Commitment, Connection, Community, has just been published by  Routledge, in the series Critical Studies in Buddhism. For the readers of Religion in Public, she... Continue Reading →

South Africa Risks its Status as a “Religious Rainbow Nation”

In this Comment piece, Dr Lee-Shae Salma Scharnick-Udemans provides a commentary on the recent "noise complaint" about the Islamic call to prayer from the historic Zeenatul Islam Mosque in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa. Dr Scharnick-Udemans is a senior researcher in the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the... Continue Reading →

Sticks and Stones: Symbolic Violence and the Christian ‘Transgender Debate’

Dr Caroline Blyth is a Senior Lecturer in Theological and Religious Studies at the University of Auckland. They are currently a visiting Research Fellow for the Centre for Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds. In this piece, they explore their current research on transphobic violence that is embedded in conservative Christian interpretations of the... Continue Reading →

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