History | Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern History
H685 | 25837 | Scalenghe
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with GNDR-G701 and NELC-N695
Over the last two decades, few aspects of the history of the Middle
East (the Arab world, Turkey, and Iran) have received more scholarly
attention than gender and sexuality. This graduate colloquium
critically assesses this significant and rapidly expanding body of
literature. The issues explored will include the theory and practice
of Islamic law in relation to gender issues; Orientalist
representations of the harem and female seclusion; the politics of
marriage and reproduction; masculinity; and same-sex desires and
This is a reading intensive class and active participation in
discussion is required. We will read, on average, one book per week.
Required monographs (available for purchase at the IU Bookstore)
Massad, Joseph. "Desiring Arabs." Chicago: University of Chicago
Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-226-50958-7.
Najmabadi, Afsaneh. "Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards:
Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity." Berkeley:
University of California Press, 2005.
Tucker, Judith. "In the House of the Law: Gender and Islamic Law in
Ottoman Syria and Palestine." Berkeley: University of California
Press, 2000. ISBN: 978-0-520-22474-2.
Ze’evi, Dror. "Producing Desire: Changing Sexual Discourse in the
Ottoman Middle East, 1500-1900." Berkeley: University of California
Press, 2006. ISBN: 978-0-520-24563-1.