SPECIAL NOTE: may be taken as a Gender Studies unit
Explores the historical and contemporary situation of Muslim women in the specific context of the interplay of religion and law in Islam, with special reference to the vast Muslim world of South Asia. The region provides an excellent comparative framework to explore the problems of Muslim women, law and religion in the varying contexts of their secular and Islamic constitutions on the one hand, and democratic and authoritarian governments on the other. The explication of the general and theoretical issues concerning religion, law and women in Islam will be grounded on historical and empirical illustrations drawn largely from three countries in this region -- India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The raging controversies surrounding Muslim Personal Law and the issue of Uniform Civil Code in relation to women, including its underlying politics, will receive particular attention.
Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.
Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.