MES 322K • GENDER POLITICS IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
The course is devoted to the study of gender politics in the Islamic world. We will focus on women's rights, which have been a key political issue in several countries and internationally. The course offers a comparative introduction to gender, social organization, culture and politics. It emphasizes diversity within the Islamic world and identifies factors that help account for variations among countries.
GRADING: Report on women's status 25% Take home midterm 20% In class midterm 20% Final 20% Class attendance and participation 15%
TEXTS: F.W. Fernea, In search of Islamic Feminism M.M. Charrad, States and Women's Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco F. Mernissi, Beyond the Veil A packet of photocopied articles Audiovisual: Several videos will be scheduled in the course of the semester. They are an integral and required part of the course.