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

Faegheh Shirazi

Professor Ph.D., Ohio State University

Faegheh Shirazi

Contact

  • Phone: 232-9416
  • Office: CAL 502
  • Office Hours: Fall semester: T and Th. 10:0-11:30
  • Campus Mail Code: F9400

Biography

Research

Textiles, dress, gender identity discourse, and material culture in the Middle East; the meanings of veiling; rituals and rites of passage as they relate to material culture

Research Subject Headings: Religion, Gender and Women's Studies

International Research

Regions of Academic Interest: Middle East, Muslim world

Countries of Academic Interest: Iran,

Interests

Textiles and Clothing, particularly the Islamic veil (hijab), issues of women, rituals, and rites of passage as they relate to material culture in popular Islamic societies.

ISL 372 • Veiling In The Muslim World

40685 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 303
(also listed as ANS 372, MEL 321, R S 358, WGS 340 )
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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 /or segregation to various degrees for women. In some Muslim nations women are re-veiling 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, feminism, culture, new wave of women converts and the phenomenon of “Islamic fashion” as a marketing tool.    

Prerequisites:  Upper Division Standing

Texts

Readers Packet. Sold at Speedway Copy Center/ Dobie Mall

1- Faegheh Shirazi. The Veil Unveiled: Hijab in Modern Culture. University Press of Florida, 2001, 2003

2- Fatima Mernissi. The Veil And The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation Of Women's Rights In Islam (Paperback)

Grading

Active participation (assigned article with discussion question) 10%, Regular Class Attendance 5%, 3 quizzes (Lowest grade will be dropped) 20%, Midterm Exam 30%, Final Research Paper 20%, and Oral Presentation %15

MEL 321 • Veiling In The Muslim World

40815 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 303
(also listed as ANS 372, ISL 372, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show 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 /or segregation to various degrees for women. In some Muslim nations women are re-veiling 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, feminism, culture, new wave of women converts and the phenomenon of “Islamic fashion” as a marketing tool.    

Prerequisites:  Upper Division Standing

Texts

Readers Packet. Sold at Speedway Copy Center/ Dobie Mall

1- Faegheh Shirazi. The Veil Unveiled: Hijab in Modern Culture. University Press of Florida, 2001, 2003

2- Fatima Mernissi. The Veil And The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation Of Women's Rights In Islam (Paperback)

Grading

Active participation (assigned article with discussion question) 10%, Regular Class Attendance 5%, 3 quizzes (Lowest grade will be dropped) 20%, Midterm Exam 30%, Final Research Paper 20%, and Oral Presentation %15

MEL 321 • Sacred & Ceremonl Textiles

41890 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 103
(also listed as ANT 324L, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

From the birth to death textiles, clothing, and other material culture affects our daily lives. The communicative power of textiles and other types of material objects reflects both the everyday and ceremonial lives of people in a society. Although this course focuses on textiles and material objects indigenous to the Islamic world, some examples of non-Muslim communities will be included to draw a comparison. An attempt will be made to shed light on the culture of various Islamic societies. The study of the social and historical background of a community is essential for the interpretation of meanings and symbolism associated with textiles and other elements of material objects. Such a study will be combined in the course with topics like ceremonial gatherings; ceremonial textiles; adornment (jewelry, tattoos, body-painting); body modifications (piercing and body-reshaping); and the role of material objects in public and private celebrations. One of the areas which material objects represent relates to practices of rituals, taboos, and rotes of passage in the societies, which can be traced to the pre Islamic era. Muslim communities in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East will be the primary focus of the course, and an attempt will be made to trace the common origins of ritual practices and their representation as a result to of diffusion and contact with other regional practices. Course presentations will be supported by videos, slide show and various material objects.

Texts

Reader packet.

Grading

In Class presentations 15%

Attendance/ & participation 10%

First Exam 35%

Second Exam 40%

MEL 380 • Gend/Cloth/Ident In Muslim Soc

41925 • Fall 2014
Meets TH 200pm-500pm BEN 1.106
(also listed as ANS 391, MES 386, WGS 393 )
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Course Description: This graduate seminar examines aspects of the cultural and social significance of clothing and gender relationship in contemporary Middle Eastern Muslim and other Muslim communities. Although the main focus of the course is placed upon the Muslim cultures, some examples of non-Muslim communities will be examined for comparative purposes. This course explores such issues as the role of sexuality and clothing in shaping male and female identities and relations,; clothing as an indicator of social status and group affiliation; religious and political forces behind dress codes and clothing restrictions; debates regarding clothing, especially in the light of the 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 on the origins of clothing, and the ways in which they can be applied to Muslim societies.

Texts

Reader packet to be determined.

Grading

Class participation 10%

Two research papers and/or development of proposal (each) 25%

Class presentations and summary assignments 20%

One or two book reviews 20%

MES 386 • Gend/Cloth/Ident In Muslim Soc

42235 • Fall 2014
Meets TH 200pm-500pm BEN 1.106
(also listed as ANS 391, MEL 380, WGS 393 )
show description

Course Description: This graduate seminar examines aspects of the cultural and social significance of clothing and gender relationship in contemporary Middle Eastern Muslim and other Muslim communities. Although the main focus of the course is placed upon the Muslim cultures, some examples of non-Muslim communities will be examined for comparative purposes. This course explores such issues as the role of sexuality and clothing in shaping male and female identities and relations,; clothing as an indicator of social status and group affiliation; religious and political forces behind dress codes and clothing restrictions; debates regarding clothing, especially in the light of the 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 on the origins of clothing, and the ways in which they can be applied to Muslim societies.

Texts

Reader packet to be determined.

Grading

Class participation 10%

Two research papers and/or development of proposal (each) 25%

Class presentations and summary assignments 20%

One or two book reviews 20%

ISL 373 • Gender And Art In Muslim World

42170 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CLA 0.104
(also listed as ANS 372, MEL 321, MES 342, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

This course is a survey of the development of Islamic art (inclusive of most expressive, and creative art forms) in the Muslim societies from the earliest to the present time with a focus on gender and contemporary artistic issues. Topics will include: gender and gender identities; art patronage, Orientalism, themes of power; and their influential roles in form and express formation, the dominant artistic traditions before and after 1900, the loss of traditional aesthetics due to Western influence, and the re-emergence of calligraphic art as an expression of “Universal Muslim Identity”, and themes of artistic expressions as it is related to current world events (war, occupation of land, and religious resurgence).

The Discussions incorporate analysis of historical, political, social & economical factors that gave rise to aesthetic changes in the regional cultures.  Selected biographical data on some of the most influential traditional and modern Muslim artists will be discussed, to provide a basis for the appreciation of the artistic works and the important roles played by the artists in regards to the theme of “Gender”, in both the traditional and the contemporary Muslim societies. 

Text: Reader Packets

Requirements: Upper Division Standing

Grading:

Attendance:                              5%

Active Class participation        5%

Short quizzes                           20%

Class Presentation                   20%

First Exam                               25%

Second Exam                          25% 

MEL 321 • Gender And Art In Muslim World

42275 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CLA 0.104
(also listed as ANS 372, ISL 373, MES 342, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

This course is a survey of the development of Islamic art (inclusive of most expressive, and creative art forms) in the Muslim societies from the earliest to the present time with a focus on gender and contemporary artistic issues. Topics will include: gender and gender identities; art patronage, Orientalism, themes of power; and their influential roles in form and express formation, the dominant artistic traditions before and after 1900, the loss of traditional aesthetics due to Western influence, and the re-emergence of calligraphic art as an expression of “Universal Muslim Identity”, and themes of artistic expressions as it is related to current world events (war, occupation of land, and religious resurgence).

The Discussions incorporate analysis of historical, political, social & economical factors that gave rise to aesthetic changes in the regional cultures.  Selected biographical data on some of the most influential traditional and modern Muslim artists will be discussed, to provide a basis for the appreciation of the artistic works and the important roles played by the artists in regards to the theme of “Gender”, in both the traditional and the contemporary Muslim societies. 

Text: Reader Packets

Requirements: Upper Division Standing

Grading:

Attendance:                              5%

Active Class participation        5%

Short quizzes                           20%

Class Presentation                   20%

First Exam                               25%

Second Exam                          25% 

MES 342 • Gender And Art In Muslim World

42515 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CLA 0.104
(also listed as ANS 372, ISL 373, MEL 321, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

This course is a survey of the development of Islamic art (inclusive of most expressive, and creative art forms) in the Muslim societies from the earliest to the present time with a focus on gender and contemporary artistic issues. Topics will include: gender and gender identities; art patronage, Orientalism, themes of power; and their influential roles in form and express formation, the dominant artistic traditions before and after 1900, the loss of traditional aesthetics due to Western influence, and the re-emergence of calligraphic art as an expression of “Universal Muslim Identity”, and themes of artistic expressions as it is related to current world events (war, occupation of land, and religious resurgence).

The Discussions incorporate analysis of historical, political, social & economical factors that gave rise to aesthetic changes in the regional cultures.  Selected biographical data on some of the most influential traditional and modern Muslim artists will be discussed, to provide a basis for the appreciation of the artistic works and the important roles played by the artists in regards to the theme of “Gender”, in both the traditional and the contemporary Muslim societies. 

Text: Reader Packets

Requirements: Upper Division Standing

Grading:

Attendance:                              5%

Active Class participation        5%

Short quizzes                           20%

Class Presentation                   20%

First Exam                               25%

Second Exam                          25% 

MES 386 • Rdngs In Contemp Prs Pol Wrtng

42640 • Spring 2014
Meets W 1100am-200pm CAL 422
(also listed as PRS 384C )
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This is a graduate level seminar with the goal of preparing students to read, discuss, think, and write in Persian in the area of political writings inclusive of both fiction and non-fiction materials.The readings will contain a variety of articles covering a wide variety of subject matters in order to meet the needs and interest of individual student. In particular, the course will focus on the published political writings of post World War II, up to the present. The course will be conducted almost entirely in Persian.Pre-requisites: Graduate Student Standing, and at least three hours of Upper-Division coursework in Persian.Requirements: Weekly readings, class discussion, and presentations (all in Persian), an article translation, and a final research paper (10-15 pages).Texts

A reader’s course packet. All the texts are in Persian.GradingClass Participation             30%Final Long Paper            40%Translation of Article            30%

 

PRS 384C • Rdngs In Contemp Prs Pol Wrtng

42775 • Spring 2014
Meets W 1100am-200pm CAL 422
(also listed as MES 386 )
show description

This is a graduate level seminar with the goal of preparing students to read, discuss, think, and write in Persian in the area of political writings inclusive of both fiction and non-fiction materials.The readings will contain a variety of articles covering a wide variety of subject matters in order to meet the needs and interest of individual student. In particular, the course will focus on the published political writings of post World War II, up to the present. The course will be conducted almost entirely in Persian.Pre-requisites: Graduate Student Standing, and at least three hours of Upper-Division coursework in Persian.Requirements: Weekly readings, class discussion, and presentations (all in Persian), an article translation, and a final research paper (10-15 pages).Texts

A reader’s course packet. All the texts are in Persian.GradingClass Participation             30%Final Long Paper            40%Translation of Article            30%

 

ISL 372 • Muslim Women In Politics

42085 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 301
(also listed as ANT 324L, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

There has been a religious resurgence since the 1970s, and Islam has come to play a significant role in the world. Despite the restrictions placed on women by the religious authorities, the most unexpected effect of this religious renaissance is the overwhelming political participation of many Muslim women at different leves in their respective cultures. While a large number of Muslim women are winning elections in many countries, in general, women's rights are still an issue in the Muslim world. Since the beginning of recorded Islamic history, Muslim women with political influence have held political offices and positions of leadership. At the same time, we know that in some Muslim nations the rights of women are limited, and their participation as public servants is almost impossible. In both of these cases, Islam is given as the key rationale for participation or lack of participation of women in their society. Both Quranic and hadith commentators vary as to whether women's political participation is a correct interpretation of religious imperatives.Debate about the religious legitimacy of Muslim women and their participation in politics ae the themes of this course. We will study and discuss the historical developments and debates about both religious and cultural perspectives that affect hte role of Muslim women in politics. We will study important Muslim women who have held or hold important political positions or influential positions in NGOs or as political activists and grassroot leaders. In addition, we will also study issues on gender, ethnicity, culture, and faith that impact Muslim women's political participation and how Muslim women constitute themselves as social and political actors as a result of their interactions within the structural frameworks and political cutlures.

Texts

Readers packets prepared by the instructor

Grading

Attendance  5%

Active participation 10%

4 quizzes (lowest grade dropped) 30%

Exam 1  25%

Exam 2  30%

ISL 373 • Graffiti/Poster Art: Islm Wrld

42100 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PHR 2.114
(also listed as ANT 324L, MES 342, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

Too many portrayals of Islamic societies are treated as superficially as the issues involving the hijab and veiling. Among the hip and the fashionable, the religious fronts and political systems in contemporary Muslim societies (particularly in the Middle East and North Africa), a complex and complicated phenomenon has been developing for decades:  the “art of the wall,” namely, graffiti and poster art.

Poster art and graffiti are employed by various groups within the Islamic world to project their ideas through the mediums of photography, video, the film of documentary makers, the paint and ink of professionals, anonymous or amateur designers and artists to record the political and social events within urban areas. Such visual records depicting aspects of everyday life give voice to the people living and working within the Muslim world. An observer can see acts of rebellion as the anonymous young population in Muslim societies experiments with ways to test the limits of freedom. This is done with creativity and often with courage, which may cause concern to the political systems ruling over people whose freedom of speech and action are limited.

In this course, the students are introduced to a common and general principle of Islam, followed by a study of differences in culture and linguistic background of the people in lands of a Muslim majority. The major part of the semester is devoted to analysis and studying graffiti and poster art as it relates to social and political events unfolding. It is expected that the students become interested and learn that the interpretation of today’s Muslim youth through popular culture, expressed in the art and work of talented people manifesting their identities and personal expression about the world around them, provides a valuable access to learning and getting closer to the cultures that may seem strange, illogical, or somewhat hostile to the principles of “Western democracy.” This is an opportunity for us to look at the body and soul of people of ancient civilizations and of a recent troubled history with high hopes for a bright future from the perspective of those from the inside looking out.

Texts:

Reader packets TBD

Grading:

TBD

MES 342 • Graffiti/Poster Art: Islm Wrld

42360 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PHR 2.114
(also listed as ANT 324L, ISL 373, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

Too many portrayals of Islamic societies are treated as superficially as the issues involving the hijab and veiling. Among the hip and the fashionable, the religious fronts and political systems in contemporary Muslim societies (particularly in the Middle East and North Africa), a complex and complicated phenomenon has been developing for decades:  the “art of the wall,” namely, graffiti and poster art.

Poster art and graffiti are employed by various groups within the Islamic world to project their ideas through the mediums of photography, video, the film of documentary makers, the paint and ink of professionals, anonymous or amateur designers and artists to record the political and social events within urban areas. Such visual records depicting aspects of everyday life give voice to the people living and working within the Muslim world. An observer can see acts of rebellion as the anonymous young population in Muslim societies experiments with ways to test the limits of freedom. This is done with creativity and often with courage, which may cause concern to the political systems ruling over people whose freedom of speech and action are limited.

In this course, the students are introduced to a common and general principle of Islam, followed by a study of differences in culture and linguistic background of the people in lands of a Muslim majority. The major part of the semester is devoted to analysis and studying graffiti and poster art as it relates to social and political events unfolding. It is expected that the students become interested and learn that the interpretation of today’s Muslim youth through popular culture, expressed in the art and work of talented people manifesting their identities and personal expression about the world around them, provides a valuable access to learning and getting closer to the cultures that may seem strange, illogical, or somewhat hostile to the principles of “Western democracy.” This is an opportunity for us to look at the body and soul of people of ancient civilizations and of a recent troubled history with high hopes for a bright future from the perspective of those from the inside looking out.

Texts:

Reader packets TBD

Grading:

TBD

ISL 373 • Gender And Art In Muslim World

41485 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 420
(also listed as MEL 321, MES 342, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

This course is a survey of the development of Islamic art (inclusive of most expressive, and creative art forms) in the Muslim societies from the earliest to the present time with a focus on gender and contemporary artistic issues. Topics will include: gender and gender identities; art patronage, Orientalism, themes of power; and their influential roles in form and express formation, the dominant artistic traditions before and after 1900, the loss of traditional aesthetics due to Western influence, and the re-emergence of calligraphic art as an expression of “Universal Muslim Identity”, and themes of artistic expressions as it is related to current world events (war, occupation of land, and religious resurgence). Discussions incorporate analysis of historical, political, social & economical factors that gave rise to aesthetic changes in the regional cultures. Selected biographical data on some of the most influential traditional & modern Muslim artists will be discussed, to provide a basis for the appreciation of the artistic works and the important roles played by the artists in regards to the theme of “Gender”, in both the traditional & the contemporary Muslim societies.

Text: Reader Packets

Requirements: Upper Division Standing

MEL 321 • Gender And Art In Muslim World

41570 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 420
(also listed as ISL 373, MES 342, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

This course is a survey of the development of Islamic art (inclusive of most expressive, and creative art forms) in the Muslim societies from the earliest to the present time with a focus on gender and contemporary artistic issues. Topics will include: gender and gender identities; art patronage, Orientalism, themes of power; and their influential roles in form and express formation, the dominant artistic traditions before and after 1900, the loss of traditional aesthetics due to Western influence, and the re-emergence of calligraphic art as an expression of “Universal Muslim Identity”, and themes of artistic expressions as it is related to current world events (war, occupation of land, and religious resurgence). Discussions incorporate analysis of historical, political, social & economical factors that gave rise to aesthetic changes in the regional cultures. Selected biographical data on some of the most influential traditional & modern Muslim artists will be discussed, to provide a basis for the appreciation of the artistic works and the important roles played by the artists in regards to the theme of “Gender”, in both the traditional & the contemporary Muslim societies.

Text: Reader Packets

Requirements: Upper Division Standing

MES 342 • Gender And Art In Muslim World

41700 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 420
(also listed as ISL 373, MEL 321, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

This course is a survey of the development of Islamic art (inclusive of most expressive, and creative art forms) in the Muslim societies from the earliest to the present time with a focus on gender and contemporary artistic issues. Topics will include: gender and gender identities; art patronage, Orientalism, themes of power; and their influential roles in form and express formation, the dominant artistic traditions before and after 1900, the loss of traditional aesthetics due to Western influence, and the re-emergence of calligraphic art as an expression of “Universal Muslim Identity”, and themes of artistic expressions as it is related to current world events (war, occupation of land, and religious resurgence). Discussions incorporate analysis of historical, political, social & economical factors that gave rise to aesthetic changes in the regional cultures. Selected biographical data on some of the most influential traditional & modern Muslim artists will be discussed, to provide a basis for the appreciation of the artistic works and the important roles played by the artists in regards to the theme of “Gender”, in both the traditional & the contemporary Muslim societies.

Text: Reader Packets

Requirements: Upper Division Standing

ISL 372 • Muslim Women In Politics

41540 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 1
(also listed as WGS 340 )
show description

Course Description

There has been a religious resurgence since the 1970s, and Islam has come to play a significant role in the world.  Despite the restrictions placed on women by the religious authorities, the most unexpected effect of this religious renaissance is the overwhelming political participation of many Muslim women at different levels in their respective cultures.  While a large number of Muslim women are winning elections in many countries, in general, women's rights are still an issue in the Muslim world.

Since the beginning of recorded Islamic history, Muslim women with political influence have held political offices and positions of leadership. At the same time, we know that in some Muslim nations the rights of women are limited, and their participation as public servants is almost impossible. In both of these cases, Islam is given as the key rationale  for participation or lack of participation of women in their society. Both Quranic and hadith commentators vary as to whether women’s political participation is a correct interpretation of religious imperatives.

Debate about the religious legitimacy of Muslim women and their participation in politics are the themes of this course. We will study and discuss the historical developments and debates about both religious and cultural perspectives that affect the role of Muslim women in politics. We will study important Muslim women who have held or hold important political positions or influential positions in NGOs or as political activists and grassroot leaders. In addition, we also will study issues on gender, ethnicity, culture, and faith that impact Muslim women’s political participation and how Muslim women constitute themselves as social and political actors as a result of their interactions within the structural frameworks and political cultures.

 

Texts

Readers Packets prepared by the Instructor

 

Grading & Requirements

Attendance   5%

Active Participation (blackboard/Class)  20%

2 quizzes       20%

Midterm paper         25%

Final paper   30%     

PRS 322L • Intermediate Persian II

41910 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 2.118
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PRS 322L is an intermediate Persian language course which continues to focus on increasing proficiency in the four basic language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in Persian, as well as developing increased skills and cultural literacy. Students should expect extensive reading as well as practice in self-expression through writing, both of which require approximately three hours of outside preparation for each class. Our teaching philosophy is based on the communicative approach that consists of student-centered, performance-based, and context-oriented language teaching. Therefore, participation is an integral part of the class. You must speak Persian in the class at all times unless given explicit permission by the instructor to use English. Not open to native speakers or heritage learners of Persian.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

1. Speak at length about familiar topics in Modern Persian,

2. Understand complex texts on familiar topics, especially those from news media and on-line sources,

3. Understand authentic materials by identifying the main ideas and focusing on the information within reach,

4. Listen to short news excerpts and comprehend the main points,

5. Writing essays and critically engage topics related to the class,

6. Pronounce Persian words with accuracy,

7. A broader understanding of how to engage in the historical and cultural

contexts in which Persian is used, and

8. Expanded your languge capabilities and skills for life-long learning.

 

Course Materials

To be provided by instructor.

 

Course Requirements and Grading

Attendance & Participation 15%

Weeklywritingassignments 30%

Assigment Corrections 10%

Periodical Quizes (3x) 15%

Presentations (2x) 10%

Final Exam Project 15%

Oral Profeciency Test 5%

May vary by instructor each semester.

 

ISL 372 • Sacred And Ceremonial Textiles

41460 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 201
(also listed as ANS 372, ANT 324L, MES 328, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

From the birth to death textiles, clothing, and other material culture affects our daily lives. The communicative power of textiles and other types of material objects reflects both the everyday and ceremonial lives of people in a society. Although this course focuses on textiles and material objects indigenous to the Islamic world, some examples of non-Muslim communities will be included to draw a comparison. An attempt will be made to shed light on the culture of various Islamic societies. The study of the social and historical background of a community is essential for the interpretation of meanings and symbolism associated with textiles and other elements of material objects. Such a study will be combined in the course with topics like ceremonial gatherings; ceremonial textiles; adornment (jewelry, tattoos, body-painting); body modifications (piercing and body-reshaping); and the role of material objects in public and private celebrations. Full course description to be provided by the instructor. 

 

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

MES 328 • Sacred And Ceremonial Textiles

41565 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 201
(also listed as ANS 372, ANT 324L, ISL 372, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

From the birth to death textiles, clothing, and other material culture affects our daily lives. The communicative power of textiles and other types of material objects reflects both the everyday and ceremonial lives of people in a society. Although this course focuses on textiles and material objects indigenous to the Islamic world, some examples of non-Muslim communities will be included to draw a comparison. An attempt will be made to shed light on the culture of various Islamic societies. The study of the social and historical background of a community is essential for the interpretation of meanings and symbolism associated with textiles and other elements of material objects. Such a study will be combined in the course with topics like ceremonial gatherings; ceremonial textiles; adornment (jewelry, tattoos, body-painting); body modifications (piercing and body-reshaping); and the role of material objects in public and private celebrations. Full course description to be provided by the instructor. 

 

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ISL 372 • Veiling In The Muslim World

41925 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 1
(also listed as ANS 372, MES 322K, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

Veiling In The Muslim World

Whoever has the editing ability for title- please remove the "11-". Not all of us have this as a Topic 11, and it confuses people who look at this course listing through multiple channels.  Thanks, Aubrey

MES 322K • Veiling In The Muslim World

42125 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 1
(also listed as ANS 372, ISL 372, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

Veiling In The Muslim World

Whoever has the editing ability for title- please remove the "11-". Not all of us have this as a Topic 11, and it confuses people who look at this course listing through multiple channels.  Thanks, Aubrey

MES 381 • Gend/Cloth/Ident In Muslim Soc

42205 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.104
(also listed as ANS 384, R S 383 )
show description

Gend/Cloth/Ident In Muslim Soc

ISL 372 • Gender And Art In Muslim World

41515 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 420
(also listed as MES 322K, R S 358, WGS 340 )
show description

This course is a survey of the development of Islamic art (inclusive of most expressive, and creative art forms) in the Muslim societies from the earliest to the present time with a focus on gender and contemporary artistic issues. Topics will include: gender and gender identities; art patronage, Orientalism, themes of power; and their influential roles in form and express formation, the dominant artistic traditions before and after 1900, the loss of traditional aesthetics due to Western influence, and the re-emergence of calligraphic art as an expression of “Universal Muslim Identity”, and themes of artistic expressions as it is related to current world events (war, occupation of land, and religious resurgence). Discussions incorporate analysis of historical, political, social & economical factors that gave rise to aesthetic changes in the regional cultures. Selected biographical data on some of the most influential traditional & modern Muslim artists will be discussed, to provide a basis for the appreciation of the artistic works and the important roles played by the artists in regards to the theme of “Gender”, in both the traditional & the contemporary Muslim societies. 

Possible Texts:

Readers’ packets

 

MES 322K • Gender And Art In Muslim World

41635 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 420
(also listed as ISL 372, R S 358, WGS 340 )
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This course is a survey of the development of Islamic art (inclusive of most expressive, and creative art forms) in the Muslim societies from the earliest to the present time with a focus on gender and contemporary artistic issues. Topics will include: gender and gender identities; art patronage, Orientalism, themes of power; and their influential roles in form and express formation, the dominant artistic traditions before and after 1900, the loss of traditional aesthetics due to Western influence, and the re-emergence of calligraphic art as an expression of “Universal Muslim Identity”, and themes of artistic expressions as it is related to current world events (war, occupation of land, and religious resurgence). Discussions incorporate analysis of historical, political, social & economical factors that gave rise to aesthetic changes in the regional cultures. Selected biographical data on some of the most influential traditional & modern Muslim artists will be discussed, to provide a basis for the appreciation of the artistic works and the important roles played by the artists in regards to the theme of “Gender”, in both the traditional & the contemporary Muslim societies. 

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