Dr. Sa’diyya Shaikh
“Sufism, Gender and Islamic feminism”
June 16, Friday 2023 at 11:00am
In room B-1-13 A Building of South Campus of Üsküdar University.
Sa’diyya Shaikh is Professor in the Study of Religions at the University of Cape Town. Her research is situated at the intersection of Islamic Studies and Gender Studies, with a special interest in Sufism. Her study of Islam began with an abiding interest in existential questions as well as a commitment to social justice – much of her work is animated by an interest and curiosity about the relationship between the realms of the spiritual and the political. She has published on interpretations of the Qur’an, hadith and Sufi texts; Islamic feminism; gender-based violence; Sufism and Islamic Law; contemporary Muslim women’s embodied ethics; and marriage, sexuality and reproductive choices amongst South African Muslim women. She is author of Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ʿArabī, Gender, and Sexuality (2012) and co-author of The Women’s Khutbah Book: Contemporary Sermons on Spirituality and Justice from around the World (2022) She is involved in a number of socially engaged networks as a scholar-activist invested in ways to promote gender justice and spiritual-social transformation.