ASR206 - Gender and Sexuality in Islam


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week and 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - 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 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.

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