ASR206 - Gender in Islam

Year: 2018 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





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

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

Cloud (online): Learning experiences via CloudDeakin


The question of gender in Islam has for a long time been a point 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 and gender. 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 the issue of veiling, Islamic feminism, gender justice, and women’s leadership. The unit will also include the exploration of Muslim masculinities and how changes in this space are impacting gender dynamics in Islam.  


Short Essay, 25%, 1000 words

Journal, 25%, 1000 words equivalent

Major Essay, 50%, 2000 words

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