WGS 393 • Gender, Clothing, Identity in Muslim Society
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
This graduate seminar examines aspects of the cultural and social significance of clothing in contemporary Middle Eastern Muslim societies and other Muslim communities. It explores such issues as the role of clothing in shaping male and female identities and relations, clothing as an indicator of social status and group affiliation, religious and political forces behind dress codes and clothing restrictions, debates regarding clothing, especially in the light of the recent Islamic resurgence, and the commercialization of veils and Islamic dress in recent times. Students will be introduced to theoretical approaches to the study of clothing and its functions, such as the various theories on the origins of clothing, and the ways in which they can be applied to Muslim societies.
Regular attendance, active class participation, and contribution to class discussions, two research papers/ and or development of a research proposal two class presentations, and an annotated bibliography prepared on a topic of interest to individual. GRADING: Class Participation: 20% Research Papers/development of proposal 40% Class Presentations: 30% Bibliography: 10%