HDS 3022

Women, Religion and Political Activism in the Contemporary Middle East

Lihi Ben Shitrit


How does the ascendance of religious movements and parties in the Middle East influence women's political activism and participation? This course examines the significant involvement of women in religious-political movements in the Middle East and studies the implications of contemporary religious politics for women's rights, equality, and representation in the region. We will critically examine why women support such movements; the forms of women's activism; the professed doctrines of religious political movements towards women's rights and equality; and the role of the state and incumbent regimes in the shaping the dynamics of religious politics and women's political participation.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Mon 2pm-4pm
Andover Hall Room 118

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies None
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None