E400 | 8852 | Birkalan

Spring Semester 2001-02; First 8 week session, 4:00-6:15, MW, SW103

Course description: 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

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.

Grading policy:
10% attendance
10% participation in the discussions
30% short paper
50% final paper

Weekly Syllabus:

1.      Nurten Sahin and the Art of Tile Making in Turkey
2.      Veiled Sentiments: Arab Poetry and Bedouin Tradition
3.      Women of Deh Koh: Understanding Village Life and Women in Iran
4.      Tamam Uygunturk: Lament Tradition in Istanbul
5.      Umm Kulthum and the Arabic Song
6.      Shahrazade and 1001 Nights
7.      Silence of the Palace: Women and Colonialism
8.      Gabbeh: Life and Carpets of a Persian Woman