Explores key texts and debates in Middle Eastern and Islamic feminist studies in order to think about the politics of feminism, feminist subjectivity, and the relationship between feminism and modernity. Parochializes universalizing assumptions about feminism and women’s rights by focusing on the contributions of a non-Western feminist tradition. Asks critical questions about the transnational politics of translation, and the normative assumptions, aporias and exclusions that are constitutive of feminist thought and politics, with a particular attention to questions of tradition and of religion and secularism. Prerequisites: FG110, FG200, or COI. 0.5 unit or 1 unit. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2019-20).
Prerequisite: Feminist & Gender Studies 110 or Feminist & Gender Studies 114, and junior or senior standing.