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HEART - Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre
Heart, Bennett Road, Headingley, LS6 3HN Leeds
Speakers and discussion exploring society today. 7.30 — 9pm every second Thursday of the month in the Claremont room, with discussion continuing afterwards in the Assembly Bar + Kitchen (formerly the HEART Cafe).
This session will look at the relationship between feminist ideas and practice and how they relate to Islamic faith. This is currently a contentious area for individuals, communities and politicians. In the West there are many criticisms of how women appear to be treated within Islamic faith. There are many commentators who seek to distinguish between religious faith and cultural interpretation of faith. Codes of dress for women & men & every day conduct between the two appear to express a particular power relationship between women & men in some communities & societies around the world and the UK. These issues are played out both private and public spheres in institutions such as schools, in political discussion around policy frameworks such as immigration and the application of the law.
We hope to explore in an open and supportive context our knowledge & understanding of the varied strands of Islamic faith, & understanding of issues in relation to feminist perspectives.
Saba Khalid as a practitioner of the Sufi strand of the Islamic faith has spent a lifetime working in women and equality issues including those of feminism and faith.
Saba has travelled and worked widely abroad and done an extensive amount of work in the UK. She spent four years working with Muslim communities in Yorkshire before travelling to Pakistan in 1982 where she spent three years establishing health clinics in the Bahawalpur region as well as working on Islamic consciousness raising among women. She now works closely with and nurtures a group of new Muslims in the Midlands.
Saba is a psychologist, writer and broadcaster on women’s issues and their relevance in the current social, economic and political climate. Her work has been described by many as inspiring and influential.
A decade before she came to Islam Saba was a 1960’s political activist and feminist and a founding editor of ’Shrew' the first UK feminist publication.
Suggested donation £3. Refreshments available from Assembly Bar + Kitchen.