Gender in Islam: Text and Context
Sudeshna Baksi-Lahiri, PhD
In most traditional Islamic societies, men and women are usually separated, for both religious and day-to-day pursuits. Yet Islamic precept prohibits attendees to the annual Hajj in Mecca, the most sacrosanct and visually charged symbol of the Islamic faith, from practicing sexual segregation during certain core events of the pilgrimage. What is the basis for this discrepancy between religious ideology and cultural practice?
Gender in Islam is a hotly debated issue, focusing almost exclusively on women’s status and roles, as dictated by Islamic tenets. This seminar will seek to review both men’s and women’s position in Islamic society, by examining the socio-historical context of customary practices as they inform the politics of gender in Islam, including the practice of hijab and the banning of ‘burkini’ as swimwear by the French; the underlying Islamic symbolism of keeping facial hair among men; and all-male public displays of religious celebration.
October 23 and October 30, 6:30 – 8:30pm
(Limited seating. Please select one date only.)
$35, $25 – Exclusive Members