Women in Zoroastrianism and Islam

Susan Maneck speaking on a stage

A Weekend Study Retreat with Susan Maneck

Retreat Address: 1999 Ridge Rd, North San Juan, CA 95960
 Contact Kaathlyn Connor at (530) 777 8275, operations@firm-foundation.org
 Arrive: Friday evening, the 2nd of October for dinner and orientation
 Depart: Monday morning, the 5th of October after dawn-prayers and breakfast

Dr. Susan Maneck is an Associate Professor in the History and Philosophy Department at Jackson State University where she teaches courses in Middle East and South Asian History, World Civilization, and Comparative Religion. She is a reknowned contributor to Bahรกโ€™รญ academic journals and scholarly forums.

โ€œThe role of women in Zoroastrianism and Islamโ€ is an especially timely topic. The patriarchal nature of the period makes it especially challenging to isolate the specific influence of great women so this will be an illuminating opportunity for participants.

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Where will this be held?

In the mountains of Northern California, just East of Sacramento, our friends have a beautiful boarding-school facility with a gymnasium and comfortable classrooms. If you are not within driving distance, you can fly into the Sacramento Airport (SMF) or take a train to the Sacramento Amtrak train station. Our community volunteers will pick you up and shuttle you to the school. The school has various accommodation options, so families will usually be able to stay together.

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Who should attend? (ages 15+)

Given the pace and difficulty of material, only adults and youth 15 or older. Minors will need to be accompanied by a parent or a designated guardian. We will not be splitting out into groups so all participants should be mature enough to sustain a solid day of reading together.

What to Bring? (books, light clothes, shampoo)

Every student should bring their tablet or laptop computer. Materials, pencils, notepads, bedding, towels, food etc. are supplied. We have plenty of laundry facilities as well. You may want to bring a swimsuit for occasional outings to the nearby river.


How much? ($110)

Weโ€™re working hard to keep costs as low as possible โ€” and so far that seems to come to about $30 per day for room, board and materials. This program includes three nights lodging and eight meals. As well as transportation to and from the airport, if you are arriving by plane.

Our costs are reduced because of the generosity of the community and some very dedicated volunteers. If you need any help getting here, just let us know. Weโ€™ll do whatever we can to find a way. If youโ€™re driving and have extra room for a ride share, let us know.