This year, we will be hosting an enlightening series of events exploring the diverse roles of women in Islam.EVENTS | SATURDAY 29TH JULY & SATURDAY 6TH JULY| £7 per event, concession tickets are available*Women Scholars in Islam | Mohammad Akram Nadwi |Saturday, 29th June 2019 | 3:00 pm | University of Bradford - Small HallIslamic tradition values knowledge on a spiritual level and since the religion’s formative years scholarly women have enjoyed high public standing and authority within society, teaching hadith classes, interpreting the Qur’an, and attending the most prestigious mosques and madrasas across the world. These well-travelled and highly prolific women from across history were commemorated in a 40-volume biographical dictionary, compiling over 1,400 years of class registers, ijazahs, testimonies, and maps. Join us with Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi who has adapted this extensive and necessary dictionary into a prefatory volume in English celebrating the integral and too often overlooked role women have played in Islamic intellectualismhttps://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/event/women-scholars-islam/Believing Women in Islam | Asma Barlas | Saturday, 6th July| 2:00 pm | University of Bradford - Norcroft AuditoriumThe Qur’an has much to say about the role, duties and wonders of women, but how often do women ask questions of themselves and their interpretations of the scripture? How many female scholars are exploring women in the Qur’an? And how often do you have the opportunity to listen, learn and question these things, in a safe, women-only space? Join Asma Barlas, the eminent Islamic scholar, for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about the true role of women in the Islamic life—as well as the Qur’an. The event will be entirely in Urdu, to allow sisters who are not fluent in English to take part in this unique educational opportunity.https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/event/believing-women-islam/Navigating Religious Patriarchy | Asma Barlas, Sylvia Rothschild|Saturday, 6th July 2019 | 12:15 pm| Bradford City Hall, The Ernest Saville RoomFrom Adam and Eve to modern arguments over what women wear, the position of women within religions has been specified by a male dominated hierarchy for centuries. In the 21st century, how do women find their role in faith, whilst navigating rigorously challenging ancient dogmatic principles?Join Asma Barlas, author of Believing Women in Islam and Rabbi Sylivia Rothschild as they examine how patriarchal readings of religion, both historic and contemporary, strengthen and nurture patriarchal values and discuss the role women can play in re-defining these paradigms from within these faith traditions.https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/event/navigating-religious-patriarchy/FREE via the website - Anyone on benefits or living in social housing, refugees, asylum seekers, those living on a state pension.FREE via the box office only - Anyone caring for a disabled audience member (call 01274 238525, 9am-5pm, Mon- Friday)DISCOUNTED via the website - students, senior citizens, the disabled.