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Women in Islam

Robert G. Rabil
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Course Description

In this special lecture series, Rabil explores the status of women in Islam, with the intent to cultivate a critical sensibility to Middle Eastern constructions of gender. Bearing in mind some of the controversies and normative perceptions generated by Western interpretations of Middle Eastern societies, the series strives to offer a sociological profile of Muslim Middle Eastern women. By examining a multitude of issues underlying the evolution of their role from a religio-historical, legal, cultural, socio-economic, political, and Islamic revivalist perspective, this program seeks to bring an understanding of the lives of women in Islam.


  1. From Polyandry to Polygyny to Woman As-a-Rib Tradition
  2. Love, Sex, Religion and Heroism of Arab Women in Arab Culture and History
  3. Persisting Contradictions: Women and Jihad, Honor Crimes, Women and the Veil
  4. Women, Human Rights and Reform: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon, and Jordan

About the Instructor

  • Robert G. Rabil, PhD, is an internationally renowned scholar. His books have been highly commended and reviewed by major academic journals. He is considered one of the leading experts on Salafism, radical Islam, and U.S.-Arab-Israeli relations. He holds a PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. In May 2012, he was conferred with an honorary PhD in humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He is a Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University.

    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2018-2019
    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
    Recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award

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