Since medieval times, nothing about Islam has perplexed the West more than the role of women. This course examines foundational Islamic texts (in translation) regarding women and gender, interpretations based on those texts, and historical evidence of women’s religious and social activities from the sixth century to the present. Discourses around the body-- including sexuality, purity, seclusion, and dress--will be examined in a comparative context. Finally we will consider the Western media treatment of Muslim women before analyzing their active participation in modern revivalist movements.
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