RESA4220 – Islam, Gender and Sexuality

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Course content

This course critically explores ideologies of gender and sexuality in Islam, with a particular focus on contemporary readings/interpretations and realities.

The first section of the course pays special attention to interpretive possibilities in the study of Islam, gender and sexuality. Foregrounding contemporary scholars’ diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, the section aims to problematise and complicate the discursive interactions and intersections between sex, sexuality, gender, and spirituality.

The second section of the course emphasises the category of lived experience. In particular, the section explores the various ways in which discourses of gender and sexuality is produced, constructed, and enacted, as well as embodied and bodily practices of resistance/subversion.

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes

  • In-depth knowledge of interpretive approaches in the study of Islam, gender and sexuality
  • In-depth understanding about the complexity of Islamic discourses on gender and sexuality
  • Development of theoretical and methodological tools for analysing ideologies of gender and sexuality in Islam
  • Critical thinking around contemporary issues of social justice, gender equality and sexual diversity
  • Development of research and writing skills


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Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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Mandatory Requirements:

During the course of the semester the following assignments must be completed:

  1. one oral presentation and one oral response (engaging a central argument/issue from the required readings)
  2. for each class, prepare 1-2 discussion questions based on the required readings and 1-2 “quotable quotes” (i.e. quotes that you find quote-worthy)
  3. a book review of 1000-1200 words based on a monograph chosen by the student
  4. a mid-term paper of 2000-2500 words on a given topic related to the section “Interpretive possibilities”
  5. a research paper of 3500-4000 words (you are required to develop a one-page proposal approx. 3 weeks prior to submission for feedback/comments).


Students will submit a portfolio that consists of 3 assignments: (1) book review (20%), (2) mid-term paper (30%), and (3) research paper (50%).

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You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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Spring 2017


Spring 2017

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