ANS 384 • 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 restrictions, debates regarding clothing, especially in the light of recent Islamic resurgence, and the commercialization of veils and Islamic dress in recent times. Students will be introduced to the study of clothing and its functions, such as the various theories in the origins of clothing, and the ways in which they can be applied to Muslim societies.
Class participation 20% Research paper 40% Class presentations 30% Bibliography 10%
Faegheh Shirazi. The Veil Unveiled: Hijab in Modern Culture Mahnaz Afkhami, ed. Faith and Freedom, Women's Rights in the Muslim World Fatma Muge Gocak. Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East, Tradition, Identity and Power Amina Waddud-Muhsin. Qur'an and Woman Reader's packet