ASR206 - Gender and Sexuality in Islam

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

David Tittensor





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Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week and 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week


The questions of gender and sexuality in Islam have for a long time been a points of contestation both within Muslim communities in their country of origin and in the West. This unit will provide an entry point into these debates and look to give students a firm grounding of the key issues as they pertain to Islam, gender and sexuality. It will begin with an exploration of the key texts (Qur’an & Sunna) and the different ways that these are interpreted across the Muslim world to define the roles of men and women and their relationship with God. Alongside this, the unit will survey a range of key debates, such as Islamic feminism, gender justice, women’s leadership and homosexuality. The unit will also include the exploration of Muslim masculinities and how changes in this space are impacting gender dynamics in Islam.


Assessment 1 (Individual) - Short Essay (1000 words) - 25%

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Journal (1000 words equivalent) - 25%

Assessment 3 (Individual) - Major Essay, 50% (2000 words) - 50%

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