Gender and Ethics

Gender Ethics and Law

This detailed, eye-opening course explores gender as it relates to scripture and context, starting from the creation story, how the Qur'an describes men and women and proceeds to the lessons we can learn for today. 

Discover the inspiring gender verses that establish Islam's ethical pillars, including:

•The Marital Union
•Spirituality and Agency
•The Prophet’s Community
•The Qur'an addressing women
•The Quran and Sahabiyat

The second module compares ethics with law and covering history, feminism, patriarchy, and diversity in interpretation of Quranic terms.


Once you have enjoyed completing this module, please consider the module 'International relations and human rights' next...

ISB's Classical to Contemporary Curriculum

This ambitious curriculum journeys through profound ideas on the questions of our time: exploring how we should define our understanding and priorities to best fulfil our purpose. At various points the curriculum will examine our attitudes, fiqh, culture and language in relation of our context today.

Students can expect to develop a deep understanding of our faith, society, culture and greater confidence in how to live our faith naturally and positively, with relevance to our modern lives, here in the West.

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Course Details

This course will cover key concepts such as the creation story, men and women as allies and istikhlaf/ being successors with lessons for us today.

Let’s discuss how women really find navigating mosques and Muslim spaces?

How valued do women really feel in the contributions they make; are their opinions heard, reflected upon and respected?

How can we, as men and women, be better allies?

What are the 10 beautiful, inspiring Quranic ethical pillars of a healthy marriage?

A look at some key women in The Quran.

This course will look at:

  • What was the situation in other civilisations eg Byzantine and Sassanid?
  • A look at the verses on libas
  • A look at Surah 4:34. What does it mean that men are qawammun in relation to women?
  • How do we interpret the rest of the verse?
  • How is divorce mentioned in The Quran?
  • A glimpse at spirituality and agency.

Course Instructors - Dr Sara Saigol with contribution from Dr Rizwan Syed

Dr Sara Saigol graduated from The University of Birmingham Medical School and has since settled and works in South Manchester. She has been involved with various organisations in a voluntary capacity and this includes Young Muslims and the Islamic Society of Britain for almost three decades. Sara is a public speaker and writer and has recently developed a blog on faith in Britain.

Sara developed ISB campus since the Living Islam Festival in 2016 and has overseen its growth into the primary project of the Islamic Society of Britain. She continues as Lead Mentor for ISB Campus and is active in the pastoral care and development of policies to protect young people.

Dr Sara has many academic interests and leads two regular study circles for young people. Sara has been speaking in schools for many years and has developed an educational service for Schools on Islam as well as spearheading numerous projects that are offshoots from ISB Campus. 

Sara Saigol is married with three children and is a General Medical Practitioner.


· September 24, 2021
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Course Includes

  • 2 Modules
  • 9 Lessons