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Beyond the Veil, Fall 17Page 1 of 8REL/MES/SAS.200ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS NON-RESIDENCY CLASS (O1)Beyond the VeilInstructor:Duygu YENI CENEBASI, Department of Religion |[email protected]“I am not oppressed”, writes Lalla Alawa, a veiled Muslim-American woman. On the other hand,“In my life”, says Nushin Arbabzadah, an Afghani woman who had to flee from her country,“headscarves have been symbols of oppression, not solidarity.” Although these two particulardiscussions about the veil and oppression of Muslim women come from opinion articles in theNew York Times1and in the Huffington Post2written respectively in 2016 and in 2013, thequestions “Are Muslim women oppressed? Is the veil the symbol of their oppression?” have amuch older history dating back at least to 19thcentury. In this class we will critically trace thehistory that has produced the discourse of Muslim women’s oppression, analyze its assumptions(i.e. that ‘Muslim women’ across different times and cultures exist as one monolithic andahistorical group), and explore the complexity of the veil by focusing on experiences of Muslimwomen in particular time and spaces. We will read/watch how the veil may carry very different-sometimes contradictory- meanings for Muslim women situated in very different particularhistorical, social, political, cultural, economic contexts.Learning OutcomesAt the end of the course, students willattain a strong understanding ofocultural diversity of Islam as well as of roles of specific social, political,economical and legal contexts in shaping the lives of Muslim womenosome of the important theoretical, theological and interdisciplinary discussionson Islam, the Qur’an, the Hadith, the veil and genderadvance their critical and analytical skills by reading and understanding complexities ofstudying Islam and gender as part of particular social, economic and political contextsdevelop media literacy by recognizing orientalism, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobiaand by analyzing stereotypical representations of Muslim women in media and popularculture.12-my-life-headscarves-have-been-symbols-of-oppression-not-solidarityThis class is “taught asynchronously, withstudents and instructors physically separated,and delivered/accessed online, primarily withoutscheduled class sessions or real-timeinteraction” (registrar.syr.edu). Therefore it
Beyond the Veil, Fall 17Page 2 of 8Office HoursBy appointment. You can always email me about your questions about the course. For those oncampus we can schedule a time to meet in HL 514. If you are not on campus, we can schedule atime to meet online in real time throughBlackboard Collaborate Ultra,a web conferencing toolthat allows us to communicate online in real time –like Skype.

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