• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Amin Saikal
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course MEAS4111
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
    See Future Offerings

This course examines the changing relations between the 'domain of Islam' and 'the West', more specifically the United States, against the backdrop of the events of September 11, 2001, and its aftermath. It does so in both historical and contemporary terms. Its inquiry focuses more specifically on three main issues: the nature of Islam and its relations with the West in history, the rise of the United States to globalism since World War II and its role in the Muslim domain, and the problems with US and Muslim approaches in dealing with the phenomenon of international terrorism.

Learning Outcomes

This course aims to achieve the following specific outcomes:-

1. Course participants will learn about the religion of Islam, the relations between the Muslim World and the West, as well as the rise of international terrorism against the backdrop of the fluctuating relations between Islam and the West in both historical and contemporary terms.

2. Students will develop an ability to analyse and judge for themselves whether there is a relationship between Islam and terrorism at the doctrinal level, and to what extent the whole phenomenon of terrorism is embedded in politics rather than religion

3. Students will gain knowledge about the key concepts which have often been used but frequently misunderstood; such as Islam, Islamic, Islamist, terrorism, and resistance.

Indicative Assessment

One 4,000 word essay (60%) and a three-hour exam (40%)

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 24 hours of seminars; and b) 106 hours of online activities, practice exercises, readings and assessment.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies or a Master of Diplomacy. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. Incompatible with MEAS4111.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course.  A reading brick with selected required readings will be available for sale in the first weeks of the semester.

Preliminary Reading

Gerges, F.A.   The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Saikal, A.      Islam and the West: Conflict or Coperation?, London, Palgrave MacMillan, 2003

Lewis, B.       The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror, London: Weidenfeld & Nicholason, 2003 

Chomsky, N. &  Achcar, G.    Perilous Power: The Middle East and US Foreign Policy, London: Hamish Hamilton, 2007.

 

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8445 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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