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Islam, Women’s Rights and Feminism

Course Overview

This lecture looks at how Islam perceives the role of women in the contemporary context. It will focus on the rights and status afforded to women in Islam and the influence of different cultures and traditions, and their associated stereotypes. It provides a critical analysis of feminism in the context of modernity.


Course Outline

  1. The status and role of women prior to and during the Prophetic era
  2. Rights bestowed to women by Islam
  3. Women scholars of the past
  4. Oppressive cultural practices: domestic violence, arranged marriages, honour killing
  5. Muslim women’s image in the West
  6. Women’s rights movements, Feminism, and equality.
  7. Islam’s response to feminism


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the discourse on women’s right in Islam
  • Understand the sources of women’s fundamental rights in Islam
  • To understand the different feminist movements
  • To destruct the notion of Islamic feminism

Course Reviews


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  1. Good intro


    Very good introduction to how feminism should be viewed in light of islam. The Islamic viewpoint to feminism is addressed comprehensively along with some beautiful examples of how women were treated from the seerah of the prophet (saw).

  2. Great summary!


    Once again, Shaykh Akram explains very clearly his approach towards towards the issue of women’s rights and feminism. This short, brief overview will provide a useful background for anyone who is interested in the topic of women’s place in Islam.

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