Feminist studies have recently shifted the focus from women rights and their position in society to the role of women in producing religious knowledge. Thus, women active participation in research conferences and symposia has become a must and missing women in such events is now increasingly frowned upon. Since about three decades, women started to produce a distinctively feminist religious knowledge.
Against this background, speakers in this lecture will address questions like: What is the role of women in producing religious knowledge? Which factors affect women’s (non-)contribution to this type of knowledge? How can one understand the accidental or intentional absence of women’s contribution, for those who believe that this was the case in Islamic history? Can knowledge be gendered? How to evaluate the religious knowledge produced by women?