Islam, Love And Marriage: New Choices For A New World

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Dr Santi Rozario, Prof Geoffrey Samuel and Mr Bulbul Ashraf Siddiqi, three scholars from the Body, Health and Religion Research Group of Cardiff University, Wales, UK, are holding a workshop with the above title on Friday 7th January at the Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Department of World Religions and Culture, Dhaka University. The workshop will be chaired by Prof Kazi Nurul Islam of the Department of World Religions. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Centre for Advanced Research in the Humanities, Lecture Theatre, Room 423, Dhaka University.

The three scholars will each give a presentation based on a recent three-year research project, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research council, on how young Bangladeshi Muslims in Bangladesh and in the United Kingdom think about marriage and the family. The three presentations will be commented on by Prof Firdous Azim (BRAC University), Prof Perween Hasan (Central Women’s University) and Mrs Eva Sadia Saad (Dhaka University), followed by general discussion and refreshments.

One of the main attractions of new versions of Islam is that they offer solutions to the problems faced by Muslim families in today’s rapidly changing world. Santi Rozario and her colleagues have been studying how marriage and the family are changing among young Bangladeshi women and men, within and outside Bangladesh. Young people in both Bangladesh and the UK often find it difficult to find their way between traditional forms of Bangladeshi culture and the liberal and secular influences of the West. The three presentations will discuss how some young people are finding a third alternative through new forms of Islam. These offer them structure and security in relation to their lives, along with a new vision of love, marriage and the family.

On Saturday 8th January 2011, 4-7 p.m., there will be a public debate and social event in relation to the project at Papyrus Communications Limited, ASHOR, House–72, Floor–4th and 5th, Road–3, Block–3, Niketan, Gulshan–1, Dhaka-1212, with the support of Mr Kazi Musfiqur Rahman. Refreshments will be served. Room is limited so if you would like to come please call in advance to Bulbul Ashraf Siddiqi (01711 206454).

Enquiries about the workshop and project may be directed to Santi Rozario (01733 523844); e-mail

A 20-page summary of some of the project findings can be downloaded from the project website at

Where: The Centre for Advanced Research in the Humanities, Lecture Theatre, Room 423, Dhaka University

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