Prophetic Voices and Female Agency in the Liberation from Oppression
Liberation Theology speaks of prophetic voices as those who raise their voices with the voices of the prophets in the Bible for the liberation of the oppressed. Judaism and Islam have much to offer with their own theologies of liberation which also speak out for the oppressed and the marginalized. This course will highlight Jewish and Muslim theologies of liberation in comparative perspective to Liberation Theology. They have much in common and some subtle differences. The lens through which our study will be viewed is that of feminist theology. A feminist perspective on embodied spirituality and reflexivity are central to the approach taken in this course as we seek to awaken our prophetic voices.
The course begins with an initial investigation into the role of prophets in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will then read prophetic texts from the three faith traditions followed by interpretation (hermeneutics) using the methods applied in those traditions. We will ask how the texts apply to our own lives, what they mean to us personally, what they mean to us as women, and finally, how we can relate these insights to the struggle for justice, gender justice, and the liberation of the oppressed. Most importantly we will seek to make an impact, however small.
Both theoretical and practical, with a strong interactive component, participants will be encouraged to contribute to discussions and the sharing of experience. The use of movement exercises will make this as much an embodied learning experience as an intellectual one.
We will explore texts from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian scriptures and writings which address issues of gender from within a patriarchal setting. Reading matter will include some relevant fiction, theological works, and poetry.
A book of course material will be provided including excerpts from sacred writings plus a Facebook page for online discussion and links to relevant websites.