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Dr. Joel Brereton, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2004

ANS 384 • Gender/Clothing/Identity in Muslim Society

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27365 W
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
UTC 4.114
Shirazi

Course Description

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 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 in the origins of clothing, and the ways in which they can be applied to Muslim societies.

Grading Policy

Class participation 20% Research paper 40% Class presentations 30% Bibliography 10%

Texts

Shirazi, Faegheh. The Veil Unveiled: Hijab in Modern Culture Afkhami, Mahnaz, ed., Faith and Freedom, Women’s Rights in the Muslim World Muge Gocak, Fatma. Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East, Tradition, Identity, and Power Waddud-Muhsin, Amina. Qur’an and Woman Readers packet

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