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

Fall 2003

ANS 372 • 14-Veiling in the Muslim World-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27640 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 203

Course Description

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 women’s 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 women’s issues.

Grading Policy

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 Women’s 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.


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