AKU-ISMC 2022 Winter Programme
 Gender in Muslim Contexts - Online 

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January 17, 2022 to January 25, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Islamic History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Humanities, Cultural History / Studies

The nine-day course will be held online. Run by leading experts on gender and Islam, the programme will bring together scholars and students from diverse backgrounds to discuss key issues in the study of gender in Muslim contexts. The programme is open to advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and those with prior interest in the subject or a record of study in a related topic .

To apply for this course, please complete the online Application Form . The application deadline is the 12 November 2021

For more details, please contact Joseph.Barnes@aku.edu .

Module topics include:

Gender and Sharia

Gendering Migration

Islamic Feminism

Men and Masculinities

Programme Structure and Module Topics

A reading and resources list will be provided to the registered participants.

There will be eight lectures in the programme, each covering a particular topic.

There will be group seminars that follow each lecture. The seminars are designed to provide the participants with space to engage with each lecture topic, get expert academic insights from our lecturers, ask questions and discuss the topic with fellow course participants. The seminars will include activities for the participants. Some seminars will also feature guest speakers presenting related case studies or approaches.

Optional Assignment

Participants have the option of writing an essay if they wish. This can be a reflection paper on one of the readings or personal paper on one aspect of the course. All written work must be capped at 1,500 words. Participants will receive written feedback.

Optional One-to-One Sessions
Each participant has the option to have a 20-minute-long one-to-one tutorial session with an assigned tutor. The one-to-one sessions will be scheduled for the last day of the summer programme. The aim of the one-to-one tutorials is essentially to receive feedback and deepen the conversation on a specific topic.

Module Topics

Understanding Gender: Key Concepts and Debates

  • Gendering Muslim Contexts 
  • Gender and Sharia
  • Violence, War and Gender 
  • Gendering Migration
  • Men and Masculinities 
  • Gender and Piety Movements 
  • Women’s Activism, Feminism and the Islamic Feminism Debate

Read and download AKU-ISMC Winter Programme 2022 - Session Descriptions .


  • Sevgi Adak, Aga Khan University, ISMC.
  • Sanaa Alimia, Aga Khan University, ISMC.
  • Jonas Otterbeck, Aga Khan University, ISMC .

Guest Speakers

Dr Paniz Musawi Natanzi received her PhD in Gender Studies from the Centre for Gender Studies of SOAS, University of London. She holds a BA in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin (2013) and an MSc in Comparative Polit ical Thought from SOAS (2014). Paniz has published, amongst others, in the German daily newspaper taz. die tageszeitung, the French revue l’imparfaite, the international feminist art journal n.paradoxa, the online platform Pakistan Art Now and the Centre for a Feminist Foreign Policy. Currently, she works as a researcher and consultant to NGOs and private universities in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she lives.


£300 Professionals and £175 Students, AKU alumni and retired.  Fees cover all tuition fees.​​

Up to five fee-waiving scholarships will be available to exceptional applicants. Scholarships are reserved for students and unemployed persons.  The application deadline for scholarship is 31 October 2022. Scholarship applications after this date will not be considered. To apply for a scholarship, please complete Scholarship Application Form​

Details of the scholarship can be found in our Scholarship Eligibility Criteria​​.

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