AKU-ISMC's Online Summer Programme, Gender in Muslim Contexts

June 28-July 6, 2021

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

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 designed in collaboration with Simon Fraser University, Centre for Comparitive Muslim Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and will feature lecturers and guest speakers from partner institutions.

Module topics include:



  • Gender and Sharia
  • Gendering Migration
  • Islamic Feminism
  • Men and Masculinities


Sevgi Adak, Aga Khan University, ISMC.

Sanaa Alimia, Aga Khan University, ISMC.

Jonas Otterbeck, Aga Khan University, ISMC . 


Guest Speakers

Azza Basarudin, California State University, Long Beach.

Raoudha Elguedri, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.

Ziba Mir-Hosseini, University of London, SOAS. 


​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 . ​​​


The application deadline is the 16 April 2021. Details on how to apply together with our Terms and Conditions are available on our Summer Programme page.

Fees cover all tuition and are

£300 Professionals

£175 Students, AKU alumni, retired


​Up to five fee-waiving scholarships are available to exceptional applicants.   Details are available here


For more details, please use the Enquiry Form or contact ismc.marketing@aku.edu.


*A course outline will be sent to participants with information regarding relevant reading material and seminar activities. 



Praise for last year's Summer Programme; 

"The program was a great opportunity to learn more on the challenging field of gender in Muslim contexts. The engaging lectures from experts in the field and the enriching discussion sessions with other young scholars made it a great experience overall, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in this field."

Hilal Kina

PhD student in Anthropology, The University of British Columbia , Canada.


“Despite being a Muslim female, my own insights of the role of gender in Islam were framed through a conventional lens. I found the course very helpful not only in broadening my understanding, which prompted introspection and allowed me to reflect on how we can come together in a more harmonious role, but also in stimulating discussion with people from diverse backgrounds that will help soften the boundaries between us.” 

Yasmin Jaffer

Businesswoman, Pakistan .

Image credit:

Bahia Shehab