Spring 2017

Women in the Islamic Middle East

Listed in: Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-363

Moodle site: Course


Maryam Kamali Andani (Section 01)


What is the status of women in the Islamic Middle East? What factors determine the changing roles of women in the Islamic Middle East? This course offers an introduction to the status and roles of Muslim women of the Middle East, including the Arab World, North Africa, Turkey, and Iran, from pre-Islamic times to the modern period. Given the complexities of the relationship between men and women, the readings explore key ideas about women that were developed by major male scholars, including Ulama (clergymen) and intellectuals. By focusing on women’s activist movements throughout history, this course examines the social changes brought about by Muslim and non-Muslim women who claimed their rights within their family and in society and politics.

We will apply an interdisciplinary approach in order to incorporate concepts from different fields, mainly history, literature, and art. We will use lectures, media representations, and discussions to progress from pre-Islamic times to the present, with a special emphasis on changes in women’s roles as individuals and as members of their society.

Recommended: Prior course work in SWAGS. Spring semester. Visiting Lecturer Kamali.

Cost: 0 ?


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2017