This course is a thorough investigation of the female figures who are mentioned in the Qur’an. In this context, we give attention to the wide-ranging depictions of femaleness, including in sexual relations, in kinship relations, in divine-human relationships, and with regard to female embodiment and social roles. We explore how females—old, young, barren, fertile, chaste, profligate, reproachable, and saintly—enter Qur’anic sacred history and advance the Qur’an’s overarching didactic aims. We cover narratives of sacred history, parables, and stories that allude to particular events said to have occurred in the nascent Muslim polity. With this deep dive, students will gain a greater facility with the Qur’an’s overarching didactic themes as well as probe core issues related to gender and sexuality, including as they intersect with contemporary discourses. The course is particularly suited to those who have prior Qur’anic studies exposure; however, accommodations will be made for those who are newer to the discipline who would still like to take the course.
If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.