HDS 2101

Islam, Feminist Reformers and Gender Justice in Southeast Asia

Azza Basarudin


This interdisciplinary course explores contemporary debates of gender in Islam by centering the experiences, lived realities and collective mobilization of women in communities of Muslims, with a primary focus on Malaysia. We will examine the production and transmission of Islamic knowledge anchored in conceptions of equality and justice, and how women activists organize to address gender-based discrimination in Shari'a and public policies. We will attend to issues significant to Muslim women including religious practice and interpretation, political participation, morality and identity, sexualities, intimate violence, feminisms, kinship and family, and clothing and modesty. While this course is structured on a specific local context in Southeast Asia, comparisons are made to gender justice initiatives in Indonesia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Morocco to illustrate the connections and differences in women's engagement with Islam in the 21st century.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Spring 2012
Mon 12pm-2pm
Andover Hall Room 118

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Islamic Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Islam
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None