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Lisa Moore Interim, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2009

WGS 340 • Gender Politics in Islamic World

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47860 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
PHR 2.114
Charrad

Course Description

The course is designed to help students gain a better knowledge of the Islamic world and, at the same time, increase their understanding of major sociological concepts such as gender, social organization, culture, and politics. The course is devoted to the study of gender politics in the Islamic world. It shows how culture is mediated by politics, resulting in diverse interpretations of the cultural tradition and in different policies with respect to gender. We start by examining the themes and issues that are part of the common denominator of the Islamic tradition. We then consider how the diversity can be explained and what factors contribute to it. The focus is on women's rights, which have been a key political issue in several countries and internationally.

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