WGS 220   The Many Women of Islam (3 Hours)

This course introduces students to Islam and the many ways in which Islam views women. It explores the relationship of the ideal teachings of the Qur'an to the everyday realities of marriage, family, divorce, education, religious participation, health, reproduction, violence, body image, economics, the workplace, political participation, and other topics in the context of the many nations and cultures in which Muslim women reside. Underlying the unity of the Islamic world is a diversity of interpretations and practices that are mediated by those many nations and cultures which compose it. This diversity within unity is reflected in the lives of the many women of Islam.