The Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts & Sciences that seeks to deepen our understanding of how gender and sexuality are ubiquitously intertwined with structures of power and inequality. Central to the curriculum are the following overarching assumptions:

  • That definitions of sex, gender, and sexuality are neither universal nor immutable, but are instead social constructions that vary across time and place, serve political ends, and have ideological underpinnings;
  • That gender and sexuality are best understood when examined in relation to one another, in relation to the oppression of women and sexual minorities (e.g., lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered and transsexual people), and in relation to other structures of privilege and oppression, especially racism and class exploitation; and
  • That even the most current knowledge derived from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences is not as impartial, objective, or neutral as has traditionally been thought, but emerges instead out of particular historical and political contexts.

For more information, go to the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Home Page.

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Recent Submissions

  • Why Muslim Women are Re-interpreting the Qur`an and Hadith: A Transformative Scholarship-Activism 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Ashgate Publishing series, Gender in Law, Culture and Society, 2013., 2013)
    In order to challenge and transform the un-Islamic views of women as secondary in the structure of Muslim societies, women have retaken their principal role and reinterpreted the primary source of Islam, the Qur'an. As ...
  • Women’s Identity and Rethinking the Hadith 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Ashgate, 2015)
    The Prophet Muhammad’s reported traditions have evolved significantly to affect the social, cultural, and political lives of all Muslims. Though centuries of scholarship were spent on the authentication and trustworthiness ...
  • Foundations of Muslim Extremism and the Marginalization and Violence Against Women 

    Barazangi, Nimat; Research Fellow Feminist; Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Cornell University (2015-11-19)
    In this presentation I argue that Muslim women issues are symptoms of the widespread crisis in understanding Islam. I also argue that these issues, being the consequences of extremism on all fronts, are the active drive ...

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez; Traducción: Jolanda Guardi (Athenea Digital, 2014-12)
    Este texto quiere ser una investigación pedagógica estructurada históricamente sobre la condición de la mujer árabe y musulmana, y tiene como objetivo el de explicar cómo las primeras mujeres musulmanas y las contemporáneas ...
  • The Absence of Muslim Women in Shaping Islamic Thought: Foundations of Muslims’ Peaceful and Just Co‐existence 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Journal of Law and Religion, 2008-11)
    This paper explores the ethical and legal pedagogy of the current debates on “reforming” Muslim societies, whether they claim to reform social and legal systems, reform educational institutions, or liberate Muslim women. ...

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