MPhil in islam, Gender and Sexuality

A new exciting and challenging Masters degree in Islam, Gender and Sexuality is offered jointly between the Department for the Study of Religion and the Department for African Feminist Studies at the University of Cape Town.
To study how religion, and Islam in particular, shapes everyday beliefs and practices about gender difference, this specialised two-year Masters programme focuses on the links between Islamic thought, gender and sexuality. The programme focuses on both theoretical and practical gender-based reform and transformation in religious spaces. Students in the programme have the opportunity to draw relevance between current realities and historical thought, in ways that respond to the concerns of contemporary young Muslims.
The programme encourages critical engagement at the intersections of religious authority, community building and Muslim ethics. Students develop critical thinking for transformational engagement in local communities towards new moral and ethical visions.
Degree Requirements
The MPhil is open to students who hold an Honours degree in Religious Studies, Theology, Gender Studies, African Feminist Studies, Islamic Studies, or related fields and a demonstrated focus on gender with an average pass at 68%. Students must demonstrate:
a commitment to scholarly excellence
a commitment to gender analysis
a commitment to critical engagement with religion
a high level of academic competence, in reading research and writing, and personal motivation
For more information, please contact the Programme Convenors:
Associate Professor Sa’diyya Shaikh (PhD, Temple University), Department for the Study of Religions, Email:
Dr. Fatima Seedat (PhD, McGill University), Department of African Feminist Studies, Email:
Apply for the MPhil formally via the UCT online Admissions portal. Candidates are required to submit a CV, letter of motivation and a sample of academic writing. The motivation letter must be no less than 1000 words and display knowledge and interest in issues of gender, religion, and sexuality.
International applicants are advised to apply immediately to allow enough time for the evaluation of qualifications.

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