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DAFF 25A43 - Gender in the Middle East

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course integrates a gender perspective in the studies of societies and politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It deploys an interdisciplinary approach and provides a gendered understanding of key issues and concepts such as nation and citizenship, family/kinship, social movements and civil society, violence and conflict. The course is based on two methods: (1) a theoretical framework setting the basis for gender studies in the MENA region; (2) an analysis of case studies and topical issues in order to understand the place of women and gender in the transformations of societies and political regimes in the MENA region.


MARTEU, Elisabeth (.)

Course validation

Students will write one essay of approximately 3000 words answering questions related to the topics dealt with in the course (50% of the final mark). Students are also expected to read the weekly readings before each class, asked to comment and participate in class discussions (10% of the final grade) and to present cases studies and other materials assigned for specific classes (40% of the final grade).

Required reading

  •  Abu Lughod L. (ed.) (1998) Remaking Women. Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  •  Kandiyoti, D. (ed.) (1996) Gendering the Middle East: Emerging Perspectives, New York: Syracuse University Press.
  •  Ahmed, L. (1992) Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate, New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • • Abu Khalil, A. (1997) “Gender Boundaries and Sexual Categories in the Arab World”, Feminist Issues, 15/1-2, p. 91-104.