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ONLINE COURSE: Islam and Feminism

Islam and feminism seem contradictory, especially referring to the current public discourse. But analyzing the pairing of these two terms is a complex and exciting endeavor. Is there an "Islamic feminism"? Can contemporary Muslims be feminists?

Course periodJuly 20, 2020 - July 31, 2020 Session II
Category Cultural Studies & Religion
Course levelsMaster
Class size

max. 15 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points after successful completion of the online course. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the online course a Transcript of Records will be issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Application deadline June 30, 2020, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee600.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Online Course Fee


Is there such a thing as “Islamic feminism”? Can contemporary Muslims be feminists? Can feminist theorists and practitioners develop an analysis and critique of patriarchy that takes religious framework, histories and concepts seriously? What is the relationship between gender norms in Islam and feminist critique of them?

This seminar course explores these questions and pursues possible answers through a study of both discourses and practices related to Islam and feminism in the past decade.

Syllabus will be available soon
Course structure

Detailed information about the online course structure will be available within the next few days.

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Master students and advanced undergraduate students (final year) of all subjects with an academic background and a strong interest in Islamic studies, gender studies, urban anthropology and sociology.

In order to follow the course, a very good command of English is required. The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

Prof. Dr. Riem Spielhaus

Riem Spielhaus is Professor of Islamic Studies with a focus on education and cultures of knowledge at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and head of the department Textbooks and Society at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Studies in Braunschweig.She studied Islamic studies and African studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where she also earned her PhD, writing on debates over Islam and the self-positioning of Muslims in Germany. Her dissertation, released by the Ergon Publishing House, received the Augsburg Academic Prize for Intercultural Studies in 2010. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for European Islamic Thought at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Riem Spielhaus is a member of the Rat für Migration (Council for Migration). Her research interests include female authorities on Islam, the institutionalisation of Islam, the political participation and religious practices of Muslims in Europe, and the production of knowledge about Muslims in Europe. She published several articles on female leadership in Islamic communities and co-edited a special issue of The World of Islam on "Muslim Women and the Challenge of Authority".

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Department
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10999 Berlin