Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Shaykha Fest - Reviving the tradition of female Scholarship in Islam!


Did you know that some of the greatest Islamic scholars such as Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Imam Ibn al-Jawzi, Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, Imam al-Dhahabi, Imam Ibn al-Qayyim, Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali and many other great Imams and scholars had female teachers? Even though it is not widely known, thousands of female scholars have enriched the Islamic tradition through out history. Shaykha Fest is intended to honor the legacy of female Islamic scholarship and draw attention to contemporary female scholars. At Shaykha Fest we will embark on an exciting journey into the past and learn from contemporary female scholars, thinkers and activists from around the world in a nurturing, non-cultural and inclusive atmosphere. Shaykha Fest in essence is a celebration of life, love and sisterhood. Come and join with us so we can revive this tradition together.

2012 Shaykha Fest Confirmed Speakers:

Shaykha Halima Krausen(Germany)
Shaykha Sabira Lakha(UK)
Gul Rukh Rahman(Switzerland)
Shaykha Reima Yosif(US)
Professor Kecia Ali(US)
Shaykha Zaynab Ansari(US)
Professor Amira Bennison(UK)

2012 Shaykha Fest will also feature empowering artistic performance/interactive workshop by award winning performer, writer and director Andrea Assaf.

Event Venue: Crownplaza Hotel, South Brunswick/Monroe, New Jersey.

Event Date: Sunday June 24, 2012

Event Duration: 9am to 7pm

Admission Fee: $40 (breakfast and lunch included)

Registration: Due to limited seating capacity pre-registration is required. Please click here to complete your registration.

Program Outline:

A detailed program outline will be posted at a later date. 2012 Shaykha Fest will feature Islamic lectures from inspirational Shaykhas from Europe and USA, intriguing addresses from some of the leading female thinkers and activists as well as empowering artistic performances.
via David Coolidge