Tue, Jun 15, 6:30pm - Jul 06, 9:30pm Eastern Time (4 sessions)
The historian Margot Badran once queried, “What’s in a name? What is Islamic feminism?” The anthropologist Lila Abu-Lughod posed a different yet related question in her article, “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?”—impugning American imperialist savior narratives supporting military intervention in the Middle East in the name of rescuing Muslim women. These two questions—of feminist possibilities from within and the hazards of “salvation” from without—remain at the forefront of contemporary debates on women’s activism in the region, especially as it relates to women’s responses to patriarchy, religious ideology, and inequality in state laws and gender policy. Given this context, how should we think about the multifaceted relationship between feminism, women’s liberation, and Islam?
In this course, we will explore the intersection of feminism and Islam through a study of both their shared history and the discourses interlinking them in modern and contemporary contexts.
We will ask:
We will take up these questions by drawing upon works, from Marnia Lazreg, Kecia Ali, Afsaneh Najmabadi, Lila Abu Lughod, Sadia Abbas, Nawal El Saadawi, Saba Mahmood, among others, that highlight empirical knowledge of particular cases and theoretical debates on gender and politics.
Sessions will be devoted to questions surrounding feminism and equality, looking at women’s exegesis, women’s ritual practice, and female religious movements in the Middle East and North Africa region. Readings will include memoirs, editorials, ethnographies, religious texts, and political treatises, as well as historical scholarship from Egypt, Algeria, Iran, Turkey, and Morocco.
This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.
Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.
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Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
Morningside Heights, Manhattan
Btwn 116th & 120th Streets
New York, New York 10027 Morningside Heights, Manhattan
Btwn 116th & 120th Streets
New York, New York 10027
|Start Date||Time||Teacher||# Sessions||Price|
||6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time||Soraya Batmanghelichi||4||$315|
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
|Tue, Jun 22||6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time||Soraya Batmanghelichi|
|Tue, Jun 29||6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time||Soraya Batmanghelichi|
|Tue, Jul 06||6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time||Soraya Batmanghelichi|
The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...
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