This course engages with critical issues in gender and emotions at the intersection of Muslim identity and culture. It brings to the fore interdisciplinary scholarship – spanning media studies, anthropology and sociology – that corrects Orientalist imaginings of the ‘Muslim woman’ as silent and passive. ... Read more about Intimacy and Emotion in the Lives of Muslim Women
Both demographic and cultural reproduction pose critical challenges to minority religions, placing pressure on personal decisions, group dynamics, religious practices, and intergroup relations. This course follows the navigation of these pressures by American Jews, and explores the formations of gender and sexuality that result.... Read more about Gender and Judaism in Modern America
Ancient Egyptian men and women constructed enduring mortuary monuments, compiled funerary texts, and created elaborate myths & intricate rituals to deal with death. This course explores how women feature in ancient Egyptian conceptions of death, salvation, and the afterlife and whether the Egyptians conceived of gendered pathways to the afterlife.... Read more about Gender and Ritual in Ancient Egyptian Funerary Practices
This course explores relationships between 19th- and 20th-century women’s movements and religion by considering spiritual and religious practices in fiction, poetry, and essays by writers including Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, and Zora Neale Hurston, alongside essays by critics such as Saba Mahmood and theologians such as Katie G. Cannon.