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Sexual Violence and Sacred Texts

Sexual Violence and Sacred Texts

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Start Time

1:00 pm

End Time

2:00 pm

Published by

Jason Parker

This panel discussion will highlight one of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion's (JFSR) most recent books, "Sexual Violence and Sacred Texts." Moderated by Carter Center Human Rights Program graduate assistant Camille Henderson-Edwards, the panel will consist of several of the book's contributors: - Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky (Editor) - Rabbi Sarra Lev, Ph.D ("Dipping a Finger in Honey: Sense Making in the Face of Violent Texts") - Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry ("Naming Violence: Qur'anic Interpretation between Social Justice and Cultural Relativism"). Together our panelists will examine how victims of sexual violence may find healing and/or reconciliation in interacting with sacred texts. The Carter Center’s Human Rights Program sponsored the JFSR to assist with the expansion of JFSR’s initiatives related to mentoring the emerging generation of scholars of feminist studies in religion and furthering scholarship on the role of faith to empower women and girls globally. This sponsorship provided eight internships and the production of six books.

Related discussion

  • How can victims of sexual violence find healing and reconciliation through sacred texts?

  • How can we revive ourselves and our communities?

  • What role does Islamic scriptural interpretation play in VAW?


1:36 pm

The act of naming is taking power. So important for women to name within the religious context.

1:50 pm

Are we scholars complicit by studying texts that validate violence against women? Dr. Chaudhry argues that we don't have to be tied to violent interpretations. We can offer young Muslims interpretations that reject violence.