* NES 269 / POL 353 (HA)
The Politics of Modern Islam
This course examines the political dimensions of Islam. This will involve a study of the nature of Islamic political theory, the relationship between the religious and political establishments, the characteristics of an Islamic state, the radicalization of Sunni and Shi'i thought, and the compatibility of Islam and the nation-state, democracy, and constitutionalism, among other topics. Students will be introduced to the complex and polemical phenomenon of political Islam. The examples will be drawn mainly, though not exclusively, from cases and writings from the Middle East.
Sample reading list:
Enayat, Hamid, Modern Islamic Political Thought
Ajami, Fouad, The Vanished Imam: Musa al-Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon
Sivan, Emmanuel, Radical Islam: Medieval Theology and Modern Politics
Qutb, Sayyid, Milestones
Eickelman, Dale and Piscatori, James, Muslim Politics
Bin Laden, Usama, Declaration of War against the Americans
All required readings must be completed before class meeting. There will be 4 one-page written assignments in response to a given week's readings and which will count towards 15% of the final grade. There is a one hour mid-term exam which will be taken in class on week 7 and a final exam to be taken at the end of the semester.
Mid Term Exam - 35%
Final Exam - 50%
Papers - 15%
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Open to all and no pre-requisites for taking the course..
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