Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3127: Gendered Politics of the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sabiha Allouche (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Why gendering the Middle East? By applying a gender lens, this module provides a unique perspective to explore the Middle East beyond conventional analytical approaches. The module prioritizes contemporary intersectional feminist and queer thinking and praxis in the Middle East and closely examines the processes by which the private/public lives of women, men and non-normative bodies are gendered.  As a result, the module uncovers and remedies Orientalist tropes that reduce gender and sexuality in the Middle East to the “question of the veil” or to homophobic states and societies. Also, and in addition to weaving together anthropological, ethnographic, historical and political texts in its investigation of the politics of gender and sexuality in the region, the module lays the foundations for transnational solidarity work among scholars, students and activists working on/in/from the Middle East. This module is an opportunity to think methodologically about knowledge production and to re-evaluate how certain knowledges and voices become prioritized over others.

No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students.

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