Religion, Gender, and Cultural Identity in the Modern Arab World
This course studies the connection between religion and cultural identities in modern Arab societies, with special attention paid to gender issues. We will examine 19th- and 20th-century Arab Muslim and Christian intellectuals’ views on: the decline of the Arab Muslim “golden age,” postcolonial national identities, and reviving the Arabic language. Also considered, the status of women and reconciliation of religious texts and modern values, and the correlation between globalization and Muslim religious resurgence. Taught in English. No prior knowledge of Arabic required.