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DAFF 25A33 - Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Description

This course aims to provide a brief overview on women and gender in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As such, it comparatively examines feminist and gender theories, as well as historical and contemporary developments in the region from a gendered perspective. The sessions are intended to have a global focus, yet they also discuss country specific examples and case studies from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Iran, Iraq and Turkey. The course will sketch out main debates in feminist theory and political science, and examine feminist scholarship and its repercussions in the region. It tackles miscellaneous political concepts varying from colonialism and orientalism to nationalism and citizenship, and interrogates on their gendered dynamics and outcomes. It will investigate feminist trends including Islamic feminism to secular feminism, and construe actors, horizons, challenges and constraints of women's movements in MENA. It will also embrace recent developments such as the Arab Spring, and analyze women's multi-faceted engagements in social movements and revolutions. Furthermore, it surveys intimacy and sexuality to construe overarching patterns and trends in the region, and illustrates debates around women and religion. The course will conclude with transnational feminist perspectives across borders and invite students to speculate on grounds for a cross-regional feminist solidarity.


ATAY, Hazal (PhD student)

Course validation

• Class Participation (20%) • Reaction Paper (approximately 2000 words) to be prepared from one week's readings and to be presented in class (40% of the final grade) • Final Paper (max. 6000 words) (40% of the final grade)

Required reading

  • • “Arab Women's Movements.” 2003. Al-Raida Magazine. Beirut: Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World, Lebanese American University, XX (100).
  • • Hooks, Bell. 1984. “Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression. ” In Feminist Theory from Margin to Center. Boston: South End Press.
  • • Joseph, Suad, ed. 2000. Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East. New York: Syracuse University Press.
  • • Kandiyoti, Deniz, ed. 1996. Gendering the Middle East: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Syracuse University Press.