Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2118: Gender-Identity and Modernity in the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Katie Natanel (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will explore interrelationships between gender, identity and modernity in the contemporary Middle East. You will learn to critically analyse the various debates, tensions and transformations that are linked to changing gender relations in the region. These debates are often 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.

The course consists of lectures, class discussions/seminars and student presentations.  No prior knowledge of the subject is required. The module is suitable for interdisciplinary pathways.

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