Date: 8 March 2010
Dr Shuruq Naguib, associate academic to the Centre for Gender & Women's Studies, has been awarded a grant by Lancaster University to study how Muslim women read religious texts in different cultural contexts (Britain, Egypt and Syria). Dr Naguib is based in Religious Studies but has long been part of the management group for CGWS and a supporter of the research carried out within the centre.
The grant was awarded for the title Muslim Women Reading Religious Texts, Britain, Egypt and Syria and main focus of Dr Naguib's research will be to investigate Muslim women's religious practice beyond the veil and in relation to Islam's textual tradition. The specific questions which the project aims to address are:
1) How are contemporary Muslim women responding to traditional textual authority?
2) In what ways do they go on to construct religious meaning and legitimate their own agency in understanding the meaning and relevance of certain gender-related texts?
3) How do their own readings and understandings of these texts inform/ground their personal religious practice and what authority do they attach to their own readings?
And, on a broader level 4) in what ways are these textual encounters constituted by the intersection of culture, religion and hermeneutics?
Further information on Dr Naguib's research in hermeneutics can be found here: http://www.springerlink.com/content/g571x632674l8617/
Associated departments and research centres: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Sociology