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Arzoo Osanloo
LSJ 421
Seattle Campus

Women's Rights and Politics in Islamic Society

Human rights theory with women's legal rights and practice within context of the Islamic state. Introduction to debates regarding universality of human rights through examination of women's rights in Muslim context. Considers journalistic notions of homogeneity among Muslims, political nature of the Islamic state, and its mobilization of human rights. Offered: jointly with ANTH 498.

Class description

Description. This course focuses on women's political and legal status in Islamic societies today, with an emphasis on their everyday, lived experiences. Working to unpack stereotypes of women in Islamic societies, readings will focus on local settings in order to examine particular conditions, including the political, economic, social, and historical, through which the women in these societies perceive their status, rights, as well as their identities. Students will engage with feminist theory, post-colonial theory, and theories of the state to better understand and explore women's rights and politics in Islamic societies. Finally, students will be introduced to debates regarding human rights and women in Islam to examine issues underlying the question of Islam's conformity with international standards of human rights.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Discussion and student presentations. Instructor will serve as a facilitator moreso than as a lecturer

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students should, however, be prepared to read assigned readings and discuss their ideas in detail during class. Students swith some background in feminist theory and/or Women in Muslim Societies will be better served by the aims of this course.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will consist of student presentations, 1-2 page reading response papers, and a longer paper (about 15 pages).

Grades will be based on class participation, reading response papers and final papers.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Arzoo Osanloo
Date: 11/15/2002