Women’s studies at Kuwait University has come under attack from some politicians and public figures, but two female academics who launched the programme say the criticism has only increased their determination to keep going.
Alrudainy said the unit tries to analyse and provide solutions to social, political, and cultural problems, and to qualify students in women’s and gender studies research methods as tools for social planningsocial planning.
Alrudainy, who is also a professor of Islamic history, thinks the scientific approach that women’s studies provides is necessary to confront and overcome the problems facing women.
“Our role, as Arab feminists, is to use this new research to spread these ideas and speak about them out loud, amid a patriarchal domination,” she told Al-Fanar Media in an interview via Zoom.
The Starting Point
Alrudainy discovered this new major during her five years of graduate studies in the United Kingdom, where she obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in Islamic studies from the University of Exeter between 2010 and 2015.