Grappling with Pop Culture

Course Description:

This course is for women only.

When falsehood is artfully packaged with hints of truth it becomes difficult to parse truth from falsehood. In this course, we will challenge dominant paradigms and explore a range of thorny topics in popular culture through an Islamic lens. Topics include femininity in the Qur’an, positive shame, racism, religious pluralism, and gender identity.

We will attempt to answer questions like, “Is the Qur’an male-centric?” “Is having shame a good thing?” “Are all people at risk of being racist?” “How should I, as a Muslim, relate to people of other faiths?” and “Does Islam view gender as a continuum?”


  • This course is open to women ages 18 and up.
  • Students must have high-speed internet connection, a functioning microphone, headphones, and a webcam.
  • Students are required to enable their cameras throughout the class.

Dates and Timings:

  • Course Dates: Jan. 31-Mar. 21, 2023 (16 hours over 8 Weeks)
  • Weekly live Zoom sessions: Tuesdays 8-10 pm EST.
  • Sessions will involve lecture and activities. Students are expected to participate verbally and nonverbally in a number of in-class activities and discussions.
  • Students will be assigned weekly writing prompts.

Attendance Policy:

  • Please note that Islamic Literacy has a strict attendance policy as part of its effort to promote a positive learning experience. The minimum requirement for any class is that you show up! You are allowed only one unexcused absence. Further absences are grounds for expulsion from this course. Preplanned absences for work and travel must be approved by the Medical and family emergencies must be explained before or soon after to the

Course Fee:

  • $200 US (this will be requested from you when you register)

Deadline to Register:

  • Register by Jan. 22, 2023


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