Syllabus/achievement requirements

Interpretive Possibilities: Engaging Gender and Sexuality in Islam (approx. 550 pp)


Wadud, Amina (2006) What’s in a Name? In: Amina Wadud, Inside the Gender Jihad: Women’s Reform in Islam, 14-54. Oxford: Oneworld.

Barlas, Asma (2002) The Qur’an, Sex/Gender, and Sexuality: Sameness, Difference, Equality. In: Asma Barlas, “Believing Women” in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an, 129-166. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Ali, Kecia (2006) Sexual Ethics & Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence. Oxford: Oneworld.

Kugle, Scott Siraj al-Haqq (2010) Homosexuality in Islam: Critical Reflections on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims. Oxford: Oneworld.

Esack, Farid, and Nadeem Mahomed (2011) Sexual Diversity, Islamic Jurisprudence and Sociality, Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa, 17(2): 41-57.


Lived Experience: Gender and Sexuality ‘in the Field’ (approx. 450 pp)


Divorce Iranian Style (1998) Documentary by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini.

Hoel, Nina (2012) Engaging Religious Leaders: South African Muslim Women’s Experiences in Matters Pertaining to Divorce Initiatives. Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies, 38(2): 184-200. 

Hoel, Nina (2013) Corporeal Bodies, Religious Lives, and ‘Women’s Rights’: Engaging Islamic Body Politics among Muslim women in South Africa. Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity, 27(4): 79-90.

Shaikh, Sa’diyya (2007) A Tafsir of Praxis: Gender, Marital Violence, and Resistance in a South African Muslim Community. In Sa’diyya Shaikh and Dan Maguire (eds.) Violence Against Women: Roots and Cures in World Religions, 66-89. Ohio: Pilgrim Press.

Siraj, Asifa (2011) Isolated, Invisible, and in the Closet: The Life Story of a Scottish Muslim Lesbian. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 15: 99-121.

Jihad for Love (2007) Documentary by Parvez Sharma.

Najmabadi, Afsaneh (2013) Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran. Duke University Press.


Monograph (approx. 200-300 pp)


Choose one of the following books (note that the books are a mix between textual/historical approaches and empirical/ethnographic approaches to issues of gender and sexuality in Islam):

Al-Ali, Nadje, and Nicola Pratt (2009) What kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Davies, Sharyn Graham (2010) Gender Diversity in Indonesia: Sexuality, Islam and Queer Selves. New York and London: Routledge.

De Sondy, Amanullah (2013) The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities. London: Bloomsbury.

Deeb, Lara (2006) An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi`I Lebanon. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

El-Rouayheb, Khaled (2005) Before Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World, 1500-1800. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Hidayatullah, Aysha A. (2014) Feminist Edges of the Qur’an. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kugle, Scott Siraj al-Haqq (2014) Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims. New York: New York University Press.

Lamptey, Jerusha Tanner (2014) Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Najmabadi, Afsaneh (2005) Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press. 

Shaikh, Sa’diyya (2012) Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ‘Arabi, Gender and Sexuality. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.







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