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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2008

SOC 336G • Gender Politics in the Islamic World

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46560 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
PHR 2.114

Course Description

The course is designed to help students gain a better knowledge of the Islamic world and, at the same time, increase their understanding of major sociological concepts such as gender, social organization, culture, and politics. The course is devoted to the study of gender politics in the Islamic world. It shows how culture is mediated by politics, resulting in diverse interpretations of the cultural tradition and in different policies with respect to gender. We start by examining the themes and issues that are part of the common denominator of the Islamic tradition. We then consider how the diversity can be explained and what factors contribute to it. The focus is on women's rights, which have been a key political issue in several countries and internationally. We discuss current events as they are relevant to the themes of the course.

Grading Policy

Students are encouraged to take an active role in discussing readings and raising questions. I expect students to attend class and to complete the assigned readings prior to coming to class. Course Requirements include 3 exams and participation in class discussions.

Exam 1 30%
Exam 2 30%
Exam 3 30%
Class participation 10%


S. Joseph, ed., Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East (GC)
Mernissi, Fatema, Scheherazade Goes West: Different Cultures, Different Harems, New York: Washington Square Press, 2001
Fadela Amara, Breaking the Silence: French Voices from the Ghetto, UC Press, 2006
Articles available on electronic reserve.

To be announced. Audiovisuals are an integral part of the course and will be covered in the exams.


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