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Fall 2018-2019
* NES 374 / GSS 343 (HA)   No Audit

Global Feminisms: Feminist Movements in the Middle East and Beyond

Satyel Larson

This course explores how feminist thought & activism circulates globally by examining a variety of feminist movements in the Middle East & North Africa. Beginning with modern feminist thought and activism in mid-19th century Syria & Egypt, we'll trace feminist movements in various contemporary contexts, from Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon & Egypt in the 20th century, to women's participation in the Arab Spring and transnational Islamic movements in the 21st century. We'll map the local and geopolitical discourses that have shaped regional feminisms, and ask how local feminisms are transnational or global.

Sample reading list:
Qasim Amin, The Liberation of Women and the New Woman
Labiba Hashim, The Eastern Woman. How she is and how she should be
Al-Tahir al-Haddad, Muslim Women in Law and Society
Leila Ahmed, Women & Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate
Zakia Salime, Between Feminism and Islam
Lynn Welchman and Sara Hossain (eds), `Honor': Crimes, Paradigms and Violence against Women

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 pages of reading per week, weekly blackboard blogs, an in-class midterm and a take home final.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21271 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed