Posted on June 02, 2015

The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), a member of Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) in Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), has concluded a seminar on “Islamic Ethics and Gender Issues” in  St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

The seminar dealt with developing ethical research in the field of gender issues from theoretical and applied approaches. The participants attempted to answer two questions. The first addressed referential authority and Philosophical Foundations and looked at ways to develop an ethical referential framework for gender issues, based on the texts and objectives of Shariah, in addition to analysing the Philosophical Foundations adopted by contemporary feminism. The second question tackled the contemporary experiences and applications in the field of gender issues, with special reference to Islamic approaches to the issue of rights and duties, differences in some legal rulings for men and women, and comparisons between the different opinions and approaches to reform in family law.

Through its membership of QFIS in HBKU, which is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), CILE supports QF’s mission to enhance cultural life in Qatar by renewing contemporary Islamic legal and ethical thought and behaviour to address contemporary challenges. Dr Mawahib Bakr, CILE Business Support Manager who holds a PhD in Gender Studies from York University in Canada, moderated the seminar. A group of prominent scholars of Islamic Theology and experts in Gender and Feminist Studies participated in the event.

Cile hosts seminar on 2 [].jpgThey included: Dr Sheikh Mohamed El-Tahir El-Mesawi, Associate Professor at Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences at International Islamic University of Malaysia; Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, University of London; Dr Muthanna Amin Nader, Head of the Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc in the Iraqi Parliament; Dr Ruqaia Taha Jabir Al-Alwani, Associate Professor at the University of Bahrain; Dr Terrell Carver, Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK; Dr Farida Zommoroud, Professor of Quranic Interpretation and Sciences at Dar al-Hadith al-Hassania for Higher Islamic Studies in Morocco; Dr Serene Jones, 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary, New York and President-elect of the American Academy of Religion; Dr Tariq Ramadan, CILE Executive Director and Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, University of Oxford; and Mr Chauki Lazhar, CILE Deputy Director.

CILE also held a public lecture on the sidelines of the seminar in St Antony’s College, entitled ’Religious and Ethical Thought: Towards an Alternative Approach’. Dr Tariq Ramadan moderated the event in which Dr Sheikh Mohamed El-Tahir El-Mesawi, Dr Ruqaia Taha Jabir Al-Alwani, Dr Terrell Carver and Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini participated.