L57 RelPol 362

Islam, Gender, Sexuality

Fall 2022, T/Th 2:30–3:50PM

Investigates how gender and sexuality inform social, political, and family life in diverse Islamic contexts, spanning from seventh century Arabia to the contemporary U.S.


In this course, we examine major themes and debates around gender and sexuality in Islamic contexts, investigating how gender informs social, political, religious, and family life in Muslim cultures. We employ a chronological approach to these topics, beginning with the status of women in seventh century Arabia, to the period of Islamic expansion across Asia, North Africa, and the Iberian Peninsula, to the colonial period ending with the contemporary U.S. Context, wherein debates over the status of Muslim women in society have emerged with renewed vigor.

Course History:
Fall 2020: Taught by Professor Tazeen Ali