The Joseph Interfaith Foundation in association with:
Royal Holloway (Chaplaincy), The University of London
A panel discussion from Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives
Huda Jawad: My mother is my role model. She came from a very religious family and is very devout, but she also went to university and supported women's education. The Prophet had a most positive and enlightened attitude towards his own wife and women in general. Today, in education and equality of women, as in many other aspects of Islam, people are hijacking God and saying God is in my image only.
Canon Peggy Jackson: If the Biblical law was not static in a variety of subjects previously, why should it be now? A little more information about the impetus behind the Reform movement in the Church would add clarification to the position of women as religious leaders.
Rabbi Alexandra Wright: In the Hebrew Bible there are examples of women as judges, warriors and prophetess. However, traditional sources lack such references and do not grant equal status to women. In Reform Judaism which developed partly as the result of Enlightenment in Germany, women have equal status in everything, including religious leadership.