Studying Women and Gender in the Middle East
- Gendering the Middle East. Emerging Perspectives by Kandiyoti
- “Introduction” in Remaking Women by Abu Lughoud
- Introduction: Descriptive (20%):
- Summarize the two reading by explaining what each reading is talking about and authors stand points
- The different phases of feminism in the Middle East where Abu Lughoud describes feminism as politics of modernity and the notion of state feminism, while Kandiyoti relates Feminism to nationalism
- What is the role of state in Kandiyoti article in compare to Abu Lughoud
- Body: Analytical (70%):
- Both authors engage critically with nationalism, modernization, and the politics of modernity. What are their arguments? how do their arguments differ?
- What is your opinion? you will need 2-3 sub-points to structure this main analytical part.
- Is relativism limiting or shaping women’s agenda?
- Does modernization uplift women from tradition to modernity (universalism)?
- Conclusion: Normative (10%):
- How feminism shall be studied in the Middle East and where shall it fall under cultural relativism vs. universalism?