Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
4.4.2 A Guide to Feminist Pedagogy
“Conversation on Teaching” Panel at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching. Photo Credit: Anne Rayner ; VUMC, 2010. CC BY-NC 2.0.
While the previous learning material gave a historical overview of feminism situated in the Global North and West, it only hinted at the underlying philosophy that makes feminism a distinct ideology. Feminism introduces an ontology and epistemology distinct from and at times in opposition to the core tenets of dominant liberal philosophy. This guide to feminist pedagogy produced by Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching highlights the theories of personhood, knowledge, and relationship that lead feminist practice and scholarship to attend to experiences and social dynamics elided by other fields.
How does feminist pedagogy, and its contention that knowledge is socially produced, differ from teaching practices based on assumptions of hierarchy and individualism? Have you experienced both of these teaching styles?
Does feminist pedagogy believe it is possible, or even desirable, to be a neutral and objective scholar?
Why does feminism question “rational” scholarship that denies emotion? Do you see any parallels to religious forms of knowing that may also be labelled “irrational”?
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.