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WGSS 110
The Veil: History and Interpretations Spring 2020
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ARAB 215 / WGSS 110 / HIST 110

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This tutorial will consider the history and the changing meanings of the veil (hijab) and its many manifestations (e.g. burqa, chador, niqab), starting with the earliest religious traditions and the status of women in Islamic law. We will then proceed to examine imperialist and orientalist representations of gender in the Middle East, the rise of Islamic feminism and finally consider the emergence and return of the veil in recent years in the Middle East, North America, Asia and Europe.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3202
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: each week each student will either write a 5- to 7-page essay on assigned readings or offer a 2-page critique of their partner's paper; by semester's end each student will have written a minimum of 40 pages
Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: first-years, and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar and those with demonstrated interest in the Middle East
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARAB 215 Division II WGSS 110 Division II HIST 110 Division II
WS Notes: Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
DPE Notes: This tutorial considers the veil in many different cultural contexts and time periods and how it has multiple and complex meanings. What does the veil mean and how do people interpret it? Is it empowering or is it subjugation?
Attributes: HIST Group E Electives - Middle East

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