F&A Series: Islamic Environmental Activism – Theology, Relationship, and Action

Dr Rosemary Hancock is a Research Associate at Notre Dame University where she is convenor of the Religion and Global Ethics program and is Managing Editor of Solidarity: Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics. Her monograph on 'Islamic Environmentalism: Activism in the United States and Great Britain' was published in 2018 by Routledge. ... 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 →

First independent report into UK Hajj industry

By Prue Griffiths  The first independent report into the UK Hajj industry reveals a sector that is rapidly expanding and changing – and becoming increasingly expensive for British Muslims. Written in partnership with the Council of British Hajjis, the University of Leeds report recommends measures to protect pilgrims from conflicting information – including about Hajj travel... Continue Reading →

Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an – in conversation with Prof. Asma Barlas, 5th July 2019

Date: Friday 5th July Time:  5- 6.30pm Venue: Business School, Western Lecture Theatre (G.01), University of Leeds Does Islam call for the oppression of women? The subjugation of women in many Muslim countries is often used as evidence of this, while many Muslims read the Qur’an in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression and... 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 →

Winter Gathering on Muslim Futures

Ehsan Shahwahid is from Malaysia, currently a Chevening Scholar at the University of Leeds undertaking an MA in Religion and Public Life. He is a research fellow at the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF), an organisation based in Malaysia advocating for freedom, democratisation and Islamic reform; and also a social researcher at the Merdeka Center, with research topics... Continue Reading →

Christian and Muslim Development Organisations in Urban Africa

In this report, Mussa Muhoja and Fungai Chirongoma write about a recent workshop that took place at the University of Cape Town on 8 November 2018. The workshop was part of an international research project about the theme “Christian and Muslim Development Organizations in Urban Africa: New Challenges for Researchers and Practitioners”. By Mussa Muhoja and... Continue Reading →

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