Muslim women, as the fascinating creatures to the non-Western eye, drew attention from different audience. In this course, we will go beyond the discussion of the veil, and focus on the lives of the women artists in the Middle East. We will consider the Middle Eastern women as art makers in the realm of ethnography, in addition to the images of women construed in films and novels. Culling our examples from the Turkish, Persian, and Arab cultures, some exemplary material will include a female potter in Turkey, the Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, and Shahrazade, the exotic storyteller of the 1001 Nights.
Attendance and grading: Since this course is an 8-week course, attendance is compulsory. After the lecturer’s presentation, students are expected to participate in the discussions actively. One short paper (4-6 pages) and a final paper (15-20 pages) have to be submitted at the end of the course. More information on the papers will be given to the students as the class starts.
- 10% attendance
- 10% participation in the discussions
- 30% short paper
- 50% final paper
- Nurten Sahin and the Art of Tile Making in Turkey
- Veiled Sentiments: Arab Poetry and Bedouin Tradition
- Women of Deh Koh: Understanding Village Life and Women in Iran
- Tamam Uygunturk: Lament Tradition in Istanbul
- Umm Kulthum and the Arabic Song
- Shahrazade and 1001 Nights
- Silence of the Palace: Women and Colonialism
- Gabbeh: Life and Carpets of a Persian Woman
Days and Time: Monday and Wednesday, 4:00-6:15
This is a first eight-weeks course!!