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Introduction to Gender Studies

Assignment on Women and Religion.


Dear Students.
As discussed in class I expect a five-page research paper from you
as the assignment for this section of the class. The assignment will
be worth 25% of your final grade.
I will give you 7-8 journal articles dealing with the issue of women
and Islam in various countries of the world. (Please use the ones
already given to you as well) I will expect that you choose three
articles and write a paper on a subject of your choice based on three
articles from the set. You are welcome to look at additional sources
but please make sure that you read at least three articles from those
that I have provided for you.
Your topics may include
Muslim women and the politics of dress.
Muslim feminist engagement with Islamic texts.
Muslim womens dress and Anti Muslim movement in Sri
Lanka.
The place of women in the Quran and Hadith.
The place of women in the early Muslim community.
The history of the hijab in the Muslim world.
Please ensure that you reference your sources properly. You must
have a reference list at the end of the paper and additionally you
must make sure that every piece of information that you use in the
body of the paper is referenced. Every time you use some
information from an article make sure that you provide author, date
and page information in parenthesis at the end of the relevant
paragraph or sentence. Please do not use quotations unless
absolutely necessary. It is always best to paraphrase- write out the
information in the article in your own words.
The research paper should be typed, five pages in length double
spaced with 12 point font. If anyone has a serious problem getting
their paper typed please inform me of this immediately. The paper
will be due on Friday 29th January 2016.
Dr. F.F. Haniffa
Department of Sociology
University of Colombo