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Fall 2012-2013
* NES 334 / REL 334 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Modern Islamic Political Thought

Muhammad Q. Zaman

An examination of major facets of Islamic political thought from the late nineteenth century to the present in a broadly comparative framework and against the backdrop of medieval Islamic thought. Topics include: the "fragmentation" of religious authority and its consequences for Muslim politics; conceptions of the shari'a and of the Islamic state; and Islamist discourses on gender, violence, and relations with non-Muslims.

Sample reading list:
P. Crone, God's Rule
R. Euben and M.Q. Zaman, Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought
Madawi al-Rasheed, Contesting the Saudi State
L. Deeb, An Enchanted Modern
Irfan Ahmad, Islamism and Democracy in India
B. Rutherford, Egypt after Mubarak

Reading/Writing assignments:
An average of 150 pages of reading per week. Six two-page response papers; one research paper in lieu of final (12-15 pp.).

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20342 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M        Enrolled:16 Limit:20