REL 332
Islam and Feminism Fall 2017 Division II; Cross-listed as ARAB332 / WGSS334 / REL332
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This course examines the relationship between feminism and Islam, focusing particularly on Islamic feminist scholarship. We will take a genealogical approach to our study of Islamic feminism tracing the different discourses that have informed and shaped the field. The first part of the course will begin with a critical examination of orientalist and colonial representations of Muslim women as oppressed and in need of liberation. We will then explore Muslim responses so such critiques that were entwined with nationalist and independence movements. This historical backdrop is critical to understanding why the question of women and their rights and roles become crucial to Muslim self-understanding and Islamic reform. The second part of the course will focus on major intellectuals and thinkers who have influenced Islamic feminism. Finally, the last part of our course will explore the breadth of Islamic feminist literature, covering the following themes: 1) feminist readings of scripture; 2) feminist critiques of Islamic law; and 3) feminist theology.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 1357
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly responses, four 2- to 3-page essays
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Religion, Arabic Studies, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History majors
Distributions: Division II;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ARAB

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