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2015-2016, UO Libraries

Register for Women in Islam
Registration for each monthly class is $99.

Public Lecture Series

Monday, April 25th at 7 pm - Knight Library Browsing Room
Anita Weiss, Department of International Studies

Islam and Women’s Rights: Getting past Misleading Headlines and Discovering for Ourselves


April 2016

Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov - registration closed (class full)
April 3, 10, 17 & May 1
Sundays  2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Knight Library Browsing Room
(note: these classes are on Sundays, rather than Saturdays)
Steve Shankman, Department of English
We will read one of the greatest works of world literature with special attention to what it has to say about the relation of ethical responsibility to the question that particularly tormented Dostoevsky: Does God exist? And if God does not exist, is it true that, as Ivan Karamazov insists, "everything is permitted"? We will read, alongside The Brothers Karamazov, a few short chapters by the contemporary philosopher Emmanuel Levinas titled Ethics and Infinity. Levinas's notion of ethical responsibility was deeply influenced by Dostoevsky, who insists, in The Brothers Karamazov, that "Each of us is responsible, for everything and before the faces of everyone; and I more than all the others." 
Two Books:
1. Norton Critical Edition of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov - 2nd edition (ISBN: 978-0-393-92633-0), ed. and revised by Susan McReynolds Oddo. 
2. Emmanuel Levinas, Ethics and Infinity, trans Richard A. Cohen (Duquesne UP; ISBN: 978-0-8207-0178-3)

April/May 2016

Women in Islam  - Register ($99)
April 30, May 7, 14 & 21 
Saturdays  9:30 am - Noon, Knight Library Browsing Room
Anita Weiss, Department of International Studies
Women’s rights and who defines them is hotly discussed and contested throughout the Muslim world. There are certainly rights and restrictions that are based in the textual foundations of Islam, though how they are understood, implemented and enforced varies throughout the world.  Women themselves are emerging – or at least trying to emerge – as new interpreters of the tradition in many parts of the world. They are engaging with modernity in unprecedented ways.  We will begin by addressing the roles of women in Islam, based on our reading of selected Qur’anic verses (suras) and their interpretations. We will also explore various issues pertaining to women and Islam throughout the world, including changes they are facing in the 21st century and their efforts to collaborate with one another across national boundaries.  Class Book: Leila Ahmed.  A Quiet Revolution: the Veil’s Resurgence from the Middle East to America. Yale University Press, 2011 (copies are available for purchase at the UO bookstore at 895 East 13th Ave).

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