Guest lecture: Comparative Feminist Theology & Hermeneutics, with Dr. Jerusha Tanner Lamptey
Dr. Jerusha Tanner Lamptey from Union Theological Seminary, New York, will explore the challenges and possibilities of the method of comparative feminist theology in Muslim-Christian interreligious engagement.
Despite existing obstacles including lack of knowledge, unequal power, and expectations of parity, this paper will argue that comparative feminist theology provides a novel and potent approach to interreligious feminist hermeneutics.
The lecture is part of the workshop “Sacred Scriptures; Hermeneutics; Intersectional perspectives; Religion and Diversity” chaired by Marianne Bjelland Kartzow. Snacks, tea and coffee after the lecture.
About Dr. Lamptey
Jerusha T. Lamptey is Assistant Professor of Islam and Ministry at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Her research focuses on theologies of religious pluralism, comparative theology, and Muslima theology.
Dr. Lamptey’s first book, Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism (Oxford University Press, March 2014), explores the Qur’anic discourse on religious ‘otherness’. In this book, she draws upon feminist theology and semantic methodology to re-interpret the Qur’anic discourse and challenge notions of clear and static religious boundaries by distinguishing between and illuminating the complexity of multiple forms of religious difference.
Her second book, Divine Words, Female Voices: Muslima Explorations in Comparative Feminist Theology (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), uses the approach of comparative feminist theology to engage diverse Muslim and Christian feminist, womanist, and mujerista voices. It argues for the value of comparative feminist theological engagement and proposes constructive Muslima insights relating to Divine revelation; textual hermeneutics of the hadith and Bible; Prophet Muhammad and Mary as feminist exemplars; theological anthropology; and ritual prayer, tradition, and change.