INAF-488 Future of Islam and Politics in the Middle East
Fall for 2017-2018
The pro-democracy popular uprisings that toppled autocratic regimes, the collapse of state authority in some areas, the challenges of governance, and the emergence of extremist violent groups raise questions about the future of political Islam. We will try to address these and similar controversial issues in this course. To do so, we will focus on the phenomenon of political Islam in the Middle East and examine the reasons, implications, and consequences of the reassertion of Islam in today's politics. The course is divided into four parts. The first provides a thorough analysis of the Islamic order and the model(s) that inspires modern Islamist activists. The second part critically examines the ideas of the main ideologues of contemporary Islamic movements. The third part discusses approaches to the understanding of contemporary political Islam and the Islamic movements and presents case studies of movements in different contexts. It also probes the relationship between Islamism and the “Arab Spring,” analyzing the transformations that occurred to Islamic movements post the Arab uprisings. Finally, the course concludes with a critical analysis of the future of political Islam and its relation with the West.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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