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Noor Al Shadhili is a research and education initiative whose aim is to engage in theological and spiritual dialogue through an Islamic, philosophical and social science framework

3-Day Workshop: Womanhood, Femininity & Faith

Workshop: Womanhood, Femininity & Faith

About this workshop: This 3-day workshop is intended for women and girls to explore the meaning of womanhood, femininity, and faith through various texts, lectures, and discussions. We will pay special attention to: the representation of the ideal woman within the Islamic faith, the role of modesty (not just clothes) in preserving femininity, how women’s goals, life decisions, and even communication styles differ from men, and the role of motherhood in a woman’s life and how this valued contribution to society has at times been praised and at other times been demeaned.

Goal: The goal of this 3-day workshop in for women to better understand themselves outside of the mainstream narratives. Unfortunately, in modern society, much of what was once sacred about womanhood has been lost in the constant urge to be “equal” to men. This workshop is meant to explore what it means and has meant to be a woman outside of superficial rhetoric that we can “do everything men can do”. We want to explore the distant feelings, voices, contributions and even relationship to God that women have. We hope everyone will leave this 3-day workshop better able to say, “I’m a woman” with all the depth and honor it affords.

About our teachers:

Nuriddeen Knight completed an MA in psychology with a focus on child and family from Columbia University. Alongside her academic degree, she studied traditional Islamic knowledge including Islamic law, theology, spirituality and prophetic biography with local scholars and in the majalis in Amman, Jordan. In 2015 she created, a holistic initiative focused on human development through education, research, and counseling. She currently resides between Fez, Morocco with her husband Ustadh Abu Bakr and NYC.

Anaya Walker converted to Islam in 2011. Shortly after her conversion, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey to study the fundamentals of the Islamic faith at Fasli Bahar Womens Quran Institute where she studied many of the Islamic sciences prominent women scholars. Upon graduation, Anaya returned home to Cleveland, Ohio to teach her community. Later she pursued a degree in Classical Islamic Studies at the Madina Institute U.S.A in Duluth, Georgia. Anaya is very passionate about living Islam through the example of the prophet, may Allah’s divine peace and blessings be upon him, and returning the sanctity of the women’s role back into the social fabric of the ummah.

Cost: $85, cost includes light refreshments and materials (Live workshop). $25, Livestream access (Online). The cost covers the entire three days of the workshop.

Format: Each workshop day is two hours (class begins and end promptly). This first hour is a lecture on the day’s subject. The second-hour we work together to understand the topic and use our personal knowledge/ experience to deepen our understanding. Students are highly encouraged to take scrupulous notes, discussion participation is a must to truly benefit from this workshop.

Date/Time: October 6th (Friday, 6- 8pm), October 7th (Saturday: 12noon- 2pm), October 8th (Sunday 12noon- 2pm)

Location: Workshop will take place in New York City, exact location will only be given to registered and paid participants.

Note on class size: We can only accommodate a small group of participants, please register and pay early to ensure your slot.

Topics to be discussed:
Women in Islam: What is the idealized role of women in Islam. Who are the women God praises? What can we learn from them?
In a Different Voice: How are women’s communication styles and their concept of morality different from men?
A Return to Modesty: How does modesty (not just clothes) play a unique role in women’s experience of themselves?
Motherhood: Do women have a distinct maternal instinct? How is this effected within a capitalist society?
Outside the Western Lens: Observations on womanhood and spirituality beyond Western society.

Al Quran

In A Different Voice
A Return To Modesty
Maternal Desire

Selections of Poetry and Essays


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Thank you for your interest in attending our workshop: Womanhood, Femininity & Faith, below is the registration form. Please note, we can accommodate between 5-15 students so it is best to register and make the payment as soon as possible. Lastly, this class is open only to women and will be located in New York City (exact address given upon registration and payment).

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