Leyla Jagiella is a Cultural Anthropologist and a research assistant in Studies of Religion, at the Chair for Contemporary Cultures of Islam at Bayreuth University (Germany). She is also a chairperson of the LIB e.V. (Liberal-Islamischer Bund), an organization of progressive and inclusive Muslims of Germany. She is a fellow of the Muslim Institute (London) and a member of the Global Queer Muslim Network.
Her academic work focuses on questions of orthodoxy and heterodoxy in the Islamic discourses of South- and Southeast Asia, as well as on the representation of gender and sexuality within these discourses. She has been an activist in the fields of progressive and inclusive Islam for the past few years and has held workshops on feminist and trans inclusive approaches to Islam in Germany, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Pakistan.
Within our current global political climate, conflicts and clashes tend to be emphasised. And with increasing frequency these conflicts are imagined as conflicts between religions, cultures and civilisations. Quite often, discussions around social justice and rights for LGBTQI people have been and are still used as pawns in political rhetorics that have an interest in […]
We need criticism. We need something outside of ourselves to provide reflection, discernment, and connection with the larger world. Sharmilla Ganesan sits down with Kate Bassett, Pang Khee Teik, and Leyla Jagiella for a conversation about how real discourse and engagement can only exist with criticism and about how criticism is essential in developing independent […]
A workshop by Leyla Jagiella There is a persistent tradition, especially within the so-called Abrahamic religions, to identify religion as based on sacred text. That is nowhere as apparent as in Islam, where the first words of quranic revelation are identified as “Read!” (Iqra) and where the relationship with other faith communities is often based […]