Islam and the Feminine Voice: An Exploration through Sound and Stories

With Celene Ibrahim and Tasneem Zawahreh

Contrary to dominant stereotypes of women in Islam as voiceless and marginalized, the history of Islamic thought and sacred practice is replete with the voices and contributions of female figures. During this retreat, we will explore the feminine voice in Islam with Muslim feminist theologian Celene Ibrahim and female Qur'an reciter Tasneem Zawahreh. Through the modalities of Arabic chanting, recitation and storytelling, we will explore the power and resilience of the female voice in Islam. 

 We will explore feminine aspects of the divine in Islamic mysticism as well as female faith, sexuality, and voice as depicted in the Islamic scripture. Participants will be invited to connect the stories from Islamic scripture to stories drawn from their own lives. Time for your individual reflection will also be provided. No previous experience is necessary, simply bring curiosity, a desire to be in community, and a heart open to experiencing sacred sound and texts.

The program will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 9:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. The $80 fee includes both the program and lunch. Scholarships are available.

Celene Ibrahim is a chaplain, scholar, and public educator. Ms. Ibrahim’s contributions to enhancing cultural and religious literacy have been featured by numerous media outlets including The New York Times and Public Radio International. She has served as the Muslim Chaplain for Tufts University since 2014 and has previously served on faculties of the Boston Islamic Seminary, Hebrew College, Andover Newton Theological School, Episcopal Divinity School and Merrimack College.

Celene holds a Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, a Master’s of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in Near Easter Studies from Princeton University. She is completing a Ph.D. at Brandeis University in Arabic and Islamic Civilizations.

Tasneem Zawahreh is a teacher and practitioner of the sciences of Qur'an recitation (Tajweed and Qiraat) and is a longtime student of Shaykh Uthman Khan. In addition to being an active volunteer in the Worcester community, Tasneem can regularly be found in the classroom teaching and learning. She holds a Bachelor's degree in chemistry and elementary education from Worcester State University. 

Sessions:  1
Date:  4/7/2018
Meeting Time:  Saturday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Instructors:  Celene Ibrahim
Tasneem Zawahreh
Fees: 
$80.00   (Class Fee)