Religion and Public Life – Research Symposium and Public Lecture, 18th June

The Centre for Religion and Public Life is hosting a research symposium (14:00-16:00), followed by a public lecture (16.30-18:00) on Tuesday 18th June. The event is organised in collaboration with the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice, University of the Western Cape (South Africa), and the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield.... 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 →

Impressions of a Postgraduate Student Workshop

Early May, the Centre for Religion and Public Life organised a two day off campus training workshop for postgraduate students in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. Two participants – Alan Benstock (MA student) and Kristi Boone (PhD student) share their impressions. 'The best academic training experience' - Kristi Boone Everyone knows... Continue Reading →

Kaya Hip-Hop and Religious Co-existence at the Kenyan Coast

Erik Meinema is a PhD candidate in religious studies at Utrecht University, who has received funding from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to investigate modalities of co-existence between youth from various religious backgrounds at the Kenyan Coast. He is also a member of the research program ‘Religious Matters in an Entangled World’ led... Continue Reading →

Reflections on a Research Collaboration Trip to Cape Town

Hollie Gowan is a final-year PhD student at the University of Leeds, jointly supervised by Professor Emma Tomalin (Theology & Religious Studies) and Dr Caroline Fielder (East Asian Studies). Hollie’s research interests are focused on the intersections of religion, gender and development but her doctoral thesis focuses on why, and in what ways, women are... 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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