INAF-488 Future of Islam and Politics in the Middle East
Fall for 2015-2016
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the phenomenon of political Islam in the Middle East. It examines the reasons, implications, and consequences of the reassertion of Islam in today's politics. The first part of the course 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 the approaches to the understanding of contemporary political Islam and the Islamic movements and presents case studies of mainstream and radical movements in a number of Middle Eastern countries. Finally, the course concludes with a critical analysis of the future of political Islam and its relations with the West.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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