Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM106: Gender and Identity in the Middle East: Part I Constructing Selves in Social and Political Contexts

This module descriptor refers to the 2012/3 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sophie Richter-Devroe (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The module explores interrelationships between gender, identity and modernity in the contemporary Middle East. It provides a critical analysis of the various debates, tensions and transformations that are linked to changing gender relations in the region. These debates are framed within the parameters of modernisation, nationalism, feminism and Islamism. A critique of modernity in the context of the Middle East involves a close examination of the traditional vs. modern and authentic vs. western dichotomies, which are not only prevalent in academic writings, but also constitute forceful oppositions in the cultural, historical and political discourses within the region.

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