Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Graduate Topics in NELC: Islamic Feminisms
N695 | 28073 | Afsaruddin, Asma


This course will provide a broad survey of the historical positions of
women in premodern and modern Muslim societies, defined by the
normative values of Islam and by cultural traditions that are
sometimes at odds with religious prescriptions. We will discuss how
the interpretations of these normative values in diverse circumstances
and who gets to do the interpreting have had an important impact on
women's societal roles. As increasingly more women scholars are
appropriating the process of textual interpretation, it is giving rise
to a heightened feminist consciousness and authority in a number of
Muslim-majority societies—a phenomenon that many are calling Islamic
feminism(s), which will be the focus of this class. The second half of
the course will privilege women's voices in articulating their
gendered identities and roles in mainly the Middle East, as expressed
in memoirs, fiction, magazine articles, and public speeches.