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

Spring 2005

WGS 393 • GENDER, CLOTHING AND IDENTITY IN MUSLIM SOCIETIES

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46335 W
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
UTC 4.114
SHIRAZI

Course Description

Course Description:This graduate seminar examines aspects of the cultural and social significance of clothing incontemporary Middle Eastern Muslim and other Muslim communities. Although the main focus of the course is placed upon the Muslim cultures, some examples of non-Muslim communities will be examinedfor comparative purposes. This course explores such issues as the role of clothing in shaping male andfemale 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 thelight of the 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.Requirements: Regular attendance, active class participation, and contribution to class discussions; two research papersand/or development of a research proposal; two book reviews on a topic related to the course subjectmatter; and weekly article summary presentations. Prerequisite:Graduate standing Texts:TBA. Readers’ packet in two volumes Grading: Class participation 15% Two research papers and/or development of proposal 40% Class presentations and summary assignments 25% Two book reviews 20%

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