Event: Women, Authority and Leadership in Christianity and Islam Conference

Details below of a conference looking at the role of women, representation and participation within the traditions of Christianity and Islam, posting for the stream relating to Secularism and women’s rights.

Dates of Event

10th September 2012 – 12th September 2012

The role of women is one of the most challenging issues facing Christianity and Islam today. This international, interdisciplinary conference will bring together leading academics, religious leaders and representatives of Muslim and Christian communities to explore questions of women’s representation, participation and leadership, and to look at diverse responses to these issues within the two traditions.

Academic Conference:

10th and 11th September

The first two days will be for academic participants. We invite offers of papers and expressions of interest.

Dialogues and Encounters:

12th September

A day of workshops, discussions and seminars involving conference participants and invited representatives of religious communities
Conference Themes

  • Revelation and interpretation: women, authority and leadership in religious texts.
  • Women interpreters of the Bible or the Qur’an.
  • Theological and doctrinal issues relating to the role of women.
  • Historical and contemporary perspectives on women as leaders, religious representatives, spiritual figures or role models.
  • Women’s devotional practices in relation to institutions and authority structures.
  • Secularism and women’s rights.
  • Women’s religious communities and societies.
  • Women imams, preachers, priests and ministers.

Key Note Speakers Confirmed to Date

Professor Tina Beattie, Professor of Catholic Studies, University of Roehampton

Dr Simonetta Calderini, Reader in Islamic Studies and World Religions, University of Roehampton

Revd Dr Essie Clark-George, Presiding Elder, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Gary District, Indiana, USA

Professor Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam, University of Glasgow

Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector, St James’s Piccadilly, London

Professor Amina Wadud, Professor Emerita of Islamic Studies, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley and Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Professor Ursula King, Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol

Professor Fatima Sadiqi, Senior Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies, University of Fez, Morocco, Director of the Isis Center for Women and Development, and President of the National Union of Women’s Organisations

This event has been made possible by a generous grant from Southlands Methodist Trust.


Last Booking Date for this Event
3rd September 2012
International Conference Monday 10th September to Wednesday 12th September 2012.

Held at Southlands College, University of Roehampton, 80 Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5SL, UK.

A three-day conference bringing together academics and community organisers to explore key issues concerning the role of women in Christianity and Islam today.