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Beyond the Veil

Course number : ILR399   ID : 24104    Section Number : 1
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For many in the West, women in Islamic societies are viewed as hapless victims of overbearing and misogynistic males, held in virtual bondage, deprived of education, and prevented from realizing their vast potential. These stubbornly entrenched, broad-brush characterizations of Muslim—and particularly, Middle Eastern societies—are simplistic and deeply flawed, the result of centuries of journal entries of western male travelers as well as popular media depictions that have tended to view one half of the world’s almost two billion Muslims inhabitants in monolithic “Orientalist” terms. One might as easily ask: “Which women?” “In which countries?” “During what era?”
Join us as we seek to unravel the “Islamic mystique” as it relates to women and gender. Contrary to deeply ingrained beliefs and stereotypes, the role of women in Islam—a religion that transcends race, nationality, language, and ethnicity—is not confined to the private, domestic sphere. While domesticity is valued in Islamic cultures, for which family is the primary unit of social organization, 21st century Muslim women on all continents are increasingly visible in the workplace and in the polling place. They are prime ministers, cabinet ministers, filmmakers, parliamentarians, leaders of business and industry, scientists, and Nobel Prize winners. Their journeys are not unlike those of other females throughout the world, including in the West, who have gradually, with perseverance and tenacity, assumed wider roles in the public domain.
Through the sharing of decades of research on the subject, the instructor will employ traditional lecture techniques, photographs, and anecdotes to illuminate the dynamic, non-traditional roles that women are increasingly exercising within the Islamic milieu. The use of filmed interviews and, when available, guest speakers, will be introduced. After five sessions, participants will gain a greater, multilayered appreciation of the dynamic role of women in Muslim societies.

Class Details

5 Session(s)
Weekly - Thu

Sweadner Hall

Funsch,Linda P 



Please read:  This course will meet on campus in an in-person environment.

In County 

Price: $40.00

In State 

Price: $45.00

Out of State Price 


Registration Closes On
Thursday, October 20, 2022 @ 11:59 PM



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
10/20/2022 - 11/17/2022 Weekly - Thu 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Frederick, Sweadner Hall  Map, Room: Sweadner Hall Funsch,Linda P