WEBINAR: Hadith and Family Relations: Towards an Ethics of Reciprocity

We are pleased to invite you to join us in this webinar titled “Hadith and Family Relations: Towards an Ethics of Reciprocity”, featuring the work of Dr. Faqihuddin Abdul Kodir (Syekh Nurjati State Institute for Islamic Studies) with the participation of discussant Ms. Heba Salah (Egyptian Dar al-Ifta) and moderated by Ms. Sarah Marsso (Musawah).

How can Hadith be a source of egalitarian ethics? How can we develop and apply an ethical context-sensitive reading of the Hadith tradition that leads to gender-equal relationships? In this webinar, Dr. Faqihuddin Abdul Kodir will explore these questions and propose a reformist methodology that connects the Hadith tradition to Qur’anic ethics and the overarching higher purposes of Islamic theology. He will shed light on the importance of engaging with Hadith as part of a feminist approach to the question of gender relations in Islamic tradition. He will explain how his new methodology offers an interpretive framework for reading Hadith from a gender-justice perspective. Finally, he will share how this new approach to Hadith is relevant to advocacy work on the ground, drawing on examples from the Indonesian context.

Want to learn more about Musawah’s Knowledge Building research initiative? Contact Musawah’s Knowledge Building Coordinator Sarah Marsso at sarah [at] musawah.org.

Webinar Recording:
Hadith and Family Relations:
Towards an Ethics of Reciprocity

Knowledge Building Webinar Series

Over the coming months, Musawah will hold a series of webinars as part of its new research initiative titled Reclaiming ‘Adl and Ihsan in Muslim Marriages: Between Ethics and Law. The goal of this series is to open new digital spaces for building and sharing knowledge on family relations from within Muslim tradition based on ethics of justice, equality, and care. These webinars are inspired by and draw on the textual, historical, and socio-legal studies that scholars and activists have undertaken as part of the research initiative. We hope they spark conversations on how we can build Muslim marriages as partnerships of equals.

Speaker bios:

Speaker: Dr.  Faqihuddin Abdul Kodir founded the Fahmina Institute, an Indonesian NGO working on gender, democracy, and pluralism from an Islamic perspective. He teaches hadith and legal injunction in the faculty of Islamic Law at Syekh Nurjati State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN), Cirebon, and the Fahmina Institute for Islamic Studies (ISIF). He is engaged with Muslim NGOs across Southeast Asia to formulate how gender justice can be culturally negotiated and adopted within Islamic perspectives. His work concerns the topic of conversational hermeneutics and how they create the opportunity to revisit religious texts for contemporary readers who are struggling for universal justice regardless of gender, race, and religion. He is an advocate for progressive Islam in Indonesia, especially concerning gender justice and democracy. 

Discussant: Ms.Heba Salah is an MA holder of Gender and Development, Faculty of Economics and Political Science (Cairo University) and holds a BA in English language from the faculty of Languages (Al-Al-Sun, ‘Ain Shams University.) She’s currently a full-time researcher and interpreter at the media outreach center, Dar al-Ifta (House of Issuing Religious Edicts), Egypt. She published her first two works in Arabic on balanced leadership from an Islamic perspective. Heba is the founder of Women’s Voice for Peace, an organisation aiming to break the social stereotypes wrongly practised in the name of religions in Muslim and Arab Societies. She also participated in many events, meetings and workshops that serve interreligious and intercultural dialogue including Musawah’s course on Islam, Gender, Equality and Justice.

Moderator: Ms. Sarah Marsso is is a graduate of Sciences-Po in European Studies and International Relations and holds an MA in Development and Cooperation in the Middle East & North Africa from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Lyon. Since 2015, she has been coordinating the activities of Musawah’s Knowledge Building Working Group. She co-authored Musawah’s reports Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives: Male Authority in Muslim Contexts (2016) and Who Provides? Who Cares? Changing Dynamics in Muslim Families (2018); and contributed to many of other Musawah publications. Sarah is based in Paris, and has been involved in various workshops, activities and events relating to feminist and anti-racist activism in France and Europe.

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