Sacred Texts in Migration: interfaith perspectives is an interactive panel session chaired by SWF Senior Research Officer Lia Shimada, editor of the recently published ‘Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration and Community‘. She will be joined by Pádraig Ó Tuama, Sofia Rehman, and Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen, contributors to the book. Together they will discuss ways in which sacred religious texts shape, and are shaped by, migration and community.
Read more about the book ‘Mapping Faith’, including discount codes, here.
Dr Lia Shimada is a geographer and theologian based at the University of Roehampton, where she serves as Senior Research Officer for the Susanna Wesley Foundation and Associate Chaplain of Whitelands College. She is the editor of Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration and Community (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2020).
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian from Ireland. His work has been featured in Poetry Ireland Review, the Harvard Review, RTÉ Poem of the Week, BBC Radio 4, and other media. The author of five books, Pádraig presents ‘Poetry Unbound’ with On Being studios. He is the former leader of Corrymeela, Ireland’s oldest reconciliation centre.
Dr Sofia Rehman is a Leeds-based academic with an interest in the Prophetic tradition in Islam (Hadith) and historical female engagement of the tradition. She is the founder of the Islam and Feminism Critical Reading Group, hosted by the Iqbal Centre at the University of Leeds, where she brings together scholars and local community members to discuss texts pertaining to Islam and gender. With the pandemic, this project now has an online, global reach.
Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen is based at Manchester Reform Synagogue. Formerly a human right lawyer, she is co-founder of Tzelem: The Rabbinic Call for Social and Economic Justice in the UK, and co-chair of Greater Manchester Citizens (a broad-based community organizing chapter).