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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Summer 2003

MES F322k • Veiling in the Muslim World

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
86980 MTWThF
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
par 301

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

Research paper: 30% Oral presentation on research paper: 20% Mid-term essay: 30% Weekly summaries: 10% Weekly oral presentations: 10%


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