Women's and Gender Studies (Qom, Tehran, IR)

Deadline: 30/06/2018

Workshop
25-28 August, 2018 (Tehran, Iran)

The study of gender and women in Islamic contexts, though has expanded rapidly in recent decades is complicated by the modern historicity of these concepts and the danger of projecting them onto contexts in which they did not exist as categories of thought. A further challenge is that there is no uniform referent for the concepts of gender and sexuality across Islamic contexts and within diverse Muslim societies. WRC Intensive Course on Women’s and Gender Studies is designed to develop a broad understanding of the study of gender and women from Shi’a Islamic point pf view. This general interest course uses the academic and interdisciplinary approach to provide a scholarly inquiry focusing on women and gender and examines how current social, political, and economic realities intersect to structure gender relations in Today’s Shiite society of Iran.

This course also examines the diverse theoretical approaches within Islamic literature and feminist scholarship to outline broad terms of debate and revise the Islamic traditions from a feminist perspective by renovating the Islamic vision to women based on the jurisprudential reasoning (ljtihad).

The Woman and Family Research Center (WRC) is a leading Iranian research center that was established in 1998 in affiliation to the official religious institution Women’s Seminaries. The Center aims to fill an academic gap in the field of women’s studies from a Shi’I Islamic perspective. It provides an approach to current gender, family and women’s issues in line with Islamic theology and social realities by exploring the egalitarian potentials within the spiritual message of Islam and the advancement of human knowledge.

More information: http://shortcourse.wrc.ir/

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