Professor Amira Jarmakani
Grounding itself in the theoretical frameworks and foundational questions of Islamic feminism, or questions of gender justice both in relation to Islam and in Muslim-majority contexts, this course is interested in exploring the following questions: What is Islamic feminism? What is a Muslim society? Is Islam modern? How does colonialism inform all of the previous questions? We will both look at the way in which Islamic feminisms articulate with the concerns of other feminisms indigenous to the global south and the way in which Islamic feminisms have emerged as oppositional discourses to colonialism, patriarchal nationalism, and Western feminism. We will read literary, historical, and ethnographic texts with the aim of exploring the following topics (among others): colonialism, neocolonialism, and neoliberal globalization in relation to Islams and feminisms; Muslim feminist interpretations of Islamic texts; the notions of emancipation and agency within Islamic feminisms; Islamic feminisms and/as transnational feminisms; feminist engagement with fundamentalisms (including neoliberal market fundamentalism); and gender justice and sexuality in Islamicate societies.