WGS 340 • GENDER POLIT IN ISLAMIC WORLD
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.