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Negotiating Gender in the Maghreb
FREN 303
Fall 2014
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 304, FGSS 304

Since 1989, the fractious debate over a Muslim woman's right to wear a veil in France (from the short hijab to the all covering niqab) has focused attention on the relationship between secularism and religion in the French public sphere. Less discussed, but perhaps even more significant, is the question of gender and Islam. This class will contextualize the question of Islam and gender in the Maghreb, the Muslim region most linked (historically, geographically, and demographically) to France. Using religious, literary, historical, and sociological sources, the first part of the course will focus on gender in the early days of Islam, before charting the evolution of gender issues before and during the era of French colonialism in the Maghreb. The second part of the course will focus on women's issues in the contemporary Maghreb, from independence until the recent Arab revolutions, as represented through literature, film, and various news media from or about the region. Class participation, papers, and most readings are in French.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFST-MN)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(RMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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