An Introduction to Saba Mahmood’s Politics of Piety

Do traditional customs of Islam contradict western feminism? Explore this and more using a video summary of Saba Mahmood's Politics of Piety, part of an extensive playlist about the world's greatest ideas. It addresses a common misconception western feminists have about Muslim women and breaks down key elements of gender equality and feminism through images and accessible language.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Research why women in the Arab world choose to cover their faces and what, if any consequences, exist for women who do not
  • Role play a scenario similar to the scenario presented in the video to improve understanding
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires an understanding of basic female customs in the Arab world
  • Uses analogies to help illustrate Mahmood's main argument
  • Makes connections among differing points of view
  • Pop-up bars distract from the content in the video