Women in the Islamic Middle East

1976M [CRN: 23974]

This course focuses on women in the Middle East, from the seventh century emergence of Islam to the twentieth century rearticulation of women's "place" in the context of nation state formation and the struggle for new identities. We examine the status of women and the ways women were culturally crafted. In particular, we will discuss the contested nature of women's roles; the encounter between "Eastern" and "Western" societies; power, patronage, and seclusion; veils and voices; and the modes by which women’s lives were narrated (by themselves and others). Enrollment limited to 20. Instructor permission required. E
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