Women and religion

Dr Ruth Mantin joined us from the University of Chichester to talk about Women in Religion. Her talk centred around the Christian faith habit of considering women to be objects or second class citizens and where that left women in the modern day as outsiders or objects. She also considered Islam, and, despite its bad reputation for women’s rights, pointed out that it did have some very progressive views on women, allowing them to own land, divorce and be educated – elements that have been lost amidst extremism and interpretation. After her Jaw a group of interested students met with Dr Martin for an even more in depth discussion which mainly focused on modern feminist scholarly interpretations of the attitudes to women of both Islam and Christianity. It was a very enlightening discussion with a fantastic and insightful woman.

By Juliette Perry, 6.1


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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