IKETh CONFERENCE 30/7-2/8 2009
Tools for Renewal
Self-critical impulses for renewal of patriarchal traditions
in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Protestant Academy Bad Boll


The conference gathered 25 women who listened to interesting lectures and had animated discussions on the conference topics.

The Speakers

Debbie Weissman

Dr. Deborah Weissman, born in New York, settled in Jerusalem in 1972. She holds a BA from Barnard College and an MA from New York University, both in sociology, and a Ph.D. in Jewish education from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her main field of academic research is the social history of Jewish women’s education.

A prize-winning Jewish educator, Debbie has had extensive experience in both formal and informal Jewish education, both with Israelis and with Diaspora

youth and adults. For nine years, she was the director of a teacher training institute for Israeli high school teachers.

Prior to that, Debbie worked for 12 years at the Hebrew University, primarily in the Melton Centre for Jewish Education and the School for Overseas Students.  In her work at the Melton Centre, she had much contact with staff and board groups from the JCCA. Other affiliations in the past have included the Pardes Institute, the Hartman Institute, the Institute for Training Jewish Youth Leaders from Abroad, and the education branch of the Israel Defense Forces. In the 1970's, Debbie was one of the founders of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education. For many years, she has developed a specialization in teaching about Judaism to Christians.

Outside of the professional realm, Debbie was one of the founders and is still an active member of Kehillat Yedidya in Bak’a, a modern Orthodox synagogue that has excellent neighborly relations with its Reform and Conservative neighbors and hosts multi-faith groups from throughout the world. Other interests include religious feminism and interfaith dialogue, both locally and internationally. She is currently Co-Chair of the Inter-Religious Coordinating Council in Israel, as well as President of the International Council of Christians and Jews (the first Jewish woman to be elected to that post in the Council's more than sixty-year history.)

Haifaa Ahmed Jawad

Qualifications: BA (Baghdad), MA (Baghdad), PhD (Exeter)

Coordinator, Postgraduate seminars in Islamic Studies
Associate Editor, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences
Associate Editor, Journal for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

Research Groups: Religion in the Contemporary World; Inter-religious Relations; Religion, Spirituality, Health and Well-being; All Female Scriptural Reasoning ;EU and Democracy Promotion in the Middle East

Haifaa Jawad is Senior lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham. She has specialised in   the socio-political study of Islam, Contemporary Islamic Issues and Europe and the Middle East. Her research interests and writings cover broad areas such as Modern and Contemporary Islamic thought, Islam in the Modern world, Women in Islam, Female re-reading Islamic sources/Islamic feminism, Islam and the West, Islam in the West, Europe and the Middle East, and Conversion/Islam in Britain. She also has personal interest in Islamic ethics, and Sufism/Islamic spirituality. She previously taught at Lancaster University, University of Alabama, and the Irish school of Ecumenics, Trinity Dublin College.

Selected Publications

Muslim Women in Britain and Beyond:  Images and Experiences,  (Co-editor and Contributor), Brill Publishers, 2003, (pp178).

 “Islamic Feminism, Leadership roles and Public Representation, in Hawwa, Journal of Women in the Middle East and the Muslim world, Brill, 2009, in press.

“Islamic Spirituality and the Feminine Dimension” in Gillian Howie and J’annine Jobling (eds), Women and the Divine: Touching Transcendence, Palgrave, 2009.

 “Female Conversion to Islam: The Sufi Paradigm” in K. Nieuwkerk (ed), Gender and Conversion in the West, Texas University press, 2006, (pp 153-171).

“Seyyed Hossein Nasr and the Study of Religion in Contemporary Society”, in American Journal of Islamic Social Science, Vol 22, No 2, 2005, (pp 49-68).

“An Islamic Response to the Conference Holy Texts: Authority and Language”, Yearbook of the European Society of Women in Theological Research, Peeters, Belgium, 2004, (pp120-132).

“Historical and Contemporary perspectives of Muslim Women living in the West”, in H. Jawad and T. Benn (eds), Muslim Women in Britain and Beyond: Images and Experiences, Brill, 2003, (pp 1-17).

“Muslim Women in the United Kingdom and Beyond: Setting the Scene” (with Benn) in HA. Jawad, and T. Benn (eds), Muslim Women in the United Kingdom and Beyond, Experiences and Images, Brill, 2003, (pp xiv-xxv).   

“Muslim Women in the United Kingdom and Beyond: The Way Forward” (with Benn) in H. A. Jawad, and T. Benn (eds), Muslim Women in the United Kingdom and Beyond, Experiences and Images, Brill, 2003, (pp171-173).

“Muslim Feminism: A Case Study of Amina Wadud’s Quran and Women”, Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 42, No. 1, 2003, (pp 107-125).

Hanna Stenström

PhD in New testament exegesis, working as a biblical scholar at the Reserch Unit of the Church of Sweden.
Earned her doctorate in 1999 from the Faculty of Theology at the University of Uppsala with The Book of Revelation: A Vision of the Ultimate Liberation or the Ultimate Backlash?

Since 1999 university teacher and scholar, since Autumn 2006 working as a biblical scholar at the Reserch Unit of the Church of Sweden, Uppsala.

Research interests: The Book of Revelation, feminist biblical exegesis, feminist theology in general, issues concerning the tasks and responsibilities of biblical scholars.

Publications in international languages:

The Book of Revelation: A Vision of the Ultimate Liberation or the Ultimate
Backlash? A study in 20th Century interpretations of Rev 14:1-5, with special
emphasis on feminist exegesis (PhD diss, Uppsala 1999.)

Edited books:
Scandinavian Critique of Anglo-American Feminist Theology (Journal of the
European Society of Women in Theological Research 16), Leuven:Peeters,
2007. (Shared editorship with Elina Vuola, Sabine Bieberstein,Ursula Rapp)

"Grandma, Räisänen and the Global Village: A Feminist Approach to Ethical Criticism".
In: Fair Play: Diversity and Conflicts in Early Christianity.
Essays in Honour of Heikki Räisänen (Supplements to Novum Testamentum vol CIII) by Ismo Dunderberg, Christopher Tuckett and Kari Syreeni. Brill, Leiden-Boston-Köln; Brill, 2002, pp 521-540.

"Is A Feminist Liberating Exegesis Possible Without Liberation Theology?",
lectio difficilior 1/2002, n.p. online: www.lectio.unibe.ch
"Historical-Critical Approaches and the Emancipation of Women - Unfullfilled Promises and Remaining Possibilities"
In: Caroline Vander Stichele och Todd Penner (eds)
Her Master's Tools? Feminist andPostcolonial Engagements of Historical-Critical Discourse, (Global
Perspectives on Biblical Scholarship 9). Atlanta: Society for Biblical Literature, 2005, pp 31-45

"New Voices in Biblical Exegesis - New Views on the Formation of the Church" In: Jostein Ådna (ed) The Formation of the Early Church, (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 183) Tübingen:
Mohr Siebeck, 2005, pp 73-90

"Fair Play? Some Questions Evoked by Heikki Räisänen's Beyond NewTestament Theology"
In: Todd Penner and Caroline Vander Stichele (eds)
Moving Beyond New Testament Theology? Essays in Conversation withHeikki Räisänen, (Publications of the Finnish Exegetical Society 88), Helsinki: Finnish Exegetical Society, - Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and
Ruprecht, 2005, pp 104-132.

"Feministische Theologie in Schweden" In: Hanna Stenström etal (eds)
Scandinavian Critique of Anglo-American Feminist Theology (Journal of theEuropean Society of Women in Theological Research 16), Leuven: Peeters, 2007, pp 199-207

"Selected Bibliography: Feminist Research in Theology in the Nordic Countries" In: Hanna Stenström et al (eds) Scandinavian Critique of Anglo-American Feminist Theology (Journal of the European Society of Women inTheological Research 16), Leuven: Peeters, 2007, pp 209-230

"Masculine or Feminine? Male Virgins in Joseph and Aseneth and The Book of Revelation"
In: Bengt Holmberg and Mikael Winninge (eds) IdentityFormation in the New Testament (WUNT 227), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008, pp 199-222.

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