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#WoolfWatch Week Six

Published April 30, 2020 by Tara Zammit

As we are now working or staying at home during this time of isolation and social distancing, we thought it would be nice to share a list of some of our home entertainment recommendations. We are calling this new series #WoolfWatch. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for more updates in the coming weeks and welcome to Week Six!

We send our best wishes to you all at this time and hope you enjoy our series.


How are different faith communities coping with the COVID-19 pandemic? How are some of the most important rituals such as weddings and funerals being conducted? We explore these questions and more in our COVID-19 Chronicles video series. Each episode features Dr Ed Kessler interviewing a religious leader and/or scholar from Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Sikh communities about how they and their communities are adapting. Videos are uploaded throughout the week on our website and you can subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates.


In the current climate, social media is flooded with new, quick 'at home' recipes for people to try in isolation. Cooking and sharing food are profound indicators of our humanity and can help bring people together, even at a distance, and so this week's podcast recommendation is Food Glorious Food from our Naked Reflections podcast series with The Naked Scientists. Dr Tobias Müller, Dr Atif Imtiaz and Emma Garnett join Dr Ed Kessler to discuss religious dietary restrictions, vegetarianism and veganism and how we can eat sustainably and responsibly. You can listen to this episode here and check out other Naked Reflections episodes here. Don't forget to subscribe for weekly episodes!


What does a re-evaluation of Iraqi history look like, particularly when it comes to interfaith and intrafaith relations? In our blog recommendation for this week, Honorary Woolf Institute PhD Scholar Christopher Cooper-Davies describes his research on Shi'i reform minded intellectuals and activists from the city of Najaf during the early twentieth century. You can read Chris' blog here, including details of his attendance at conferences on the subject at Columbia and Princeton earlier this year. Interested in writing a blog of your own? Email with your thoughts - we'd love to hear from you.


Norms of religious practice are changing as communities take part in their customs and rituals online, but what does this mean for traditionally gendered faith spaces? How do grassroots female interfaith initiatives create connections between women from different religious backgrounds and how do women negotiate their challenges and struggles as women of faith, together? Religious Sisterhood: Encounters of Gender, Religion and Belonging in the UK is led by Research Fellow Dr Lea Taragin-Zeller and explores these questions and more. You can read more about this fascinating project here and scroll for videos and podcasts from Lea's research.

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