History of Women in Early to Late Medieval Muslim Societies
This course introduces students to the history of Muslim women, examining their roles, images and experiences in the social, political, economic and legal contexts of Muslim societies from the rise of Islam to the late medieval period (7th-17th c. C.E.). Adopting a topical approach, emphasis is placed on the variety of Muslim women’s experiences, to analyze the ways Muslim culture defined the place of women during different historical periods and how women worked to comply or resist these definitions.