ANS 372 • 14-Veiling in the Muslim World-W
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course will deal with the cultural significance and historical practices of veiling, "Hijab", in the Muslim world. The issue of veiling as it relates to women has been subject to different interpretations and viewed from various perspectives, and with recent political developments and the resurgence of Islam, the debate over it and over womens roles in Muslim countries has taken various shapes. A number of Muslim countries are going back to their Islamic traditions and implementing a code of behavior that involves some form of veiling in public and/or segregation to various degrees for women. In some Muslim nations women are reveiling on their own. In others, women resist the enforcement of such practices. We will examine the various perspectives, interpretations and practices relating to Hijab in the Muslim world with respect to politics, religion and womens issues.
Regular attendance Active class participation/contribution to class discussions A research paper -16 pgs An oral presentation on the research paper Mid-term essay (10-12 pgs) Weekly 1-page written summaries of assigned readings and weekly oral presentations
F. Mernissi, The Veil and the Male Elite, A Feminist Interpretation of Womens Rights in Islam Bodman, Herbert and Tohidi, Nayereh. (eds.). Women in Muslim Society, Diversity within Unity. Additionally, there will be a number of assigned articles kept on reserve at the PCL.