REL 332
Islam and Feminism Spring 2024
Division II
Cross-listed WGSS 334 / ARAB 332

Class Details

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: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 3725
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly responses, midterm essay, final research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Religion, Arabic Studies, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 332 Division II WGSS 334 Division II ARAB 332 Division II

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