• 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, International Relations, Political Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Minerva Nasser-Eddine
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course covers the international politics of the Muslim world, with a special emphasis on the Middle East since 1945. Classical and modern Islamic thought on war and peace serves as the backdrop to a consideration of a number of themes. These include the compatibility of Islam and nationalism, the significance of Islamic trans-nationalism, the role of the pan-Islamic ideal, the impact of radical networks, and the effects of globalisation. Attempts are made to relate modern historical trends to larger concerns and theories of international relations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

In this course, students will develop or extend their knowledge and understanding of:

1. key issues concerning the development of Islamic thought on international relations;

2. the ways in which Muslims have interacted historically with non-Muslims, on the one hand, and other Muslims, on the other, to construct their position in the world; and 

3. critical debates about, and schools of thought on, the meaning of key elements of world politics, such as nationalism, the transnational community of faith, and terrorist networks;  and

4. the content and analytical frameworks of a select group of readings. 

Indicative Assessment

1 x 4,000 - 5,000 word esay  = 50%

1 x in-class oral presentation  = 10%

1 x 3 hr examination in exam period at end of semester  = 40%

With the agreement of the course convener, students may request a variation to the assessment procedure if they are studying from outside Canberra and/or they are in full-time employment and expect especially heavy work obligations during the semester or are likely to have to travel for an extended period for work. Such varied assessment must remain consistent with the College's Guidelines for Word Limits on Assessment (http://cass.anu.edu.au/current-students/rules-and-policies).

 

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Workload

One two hour seminar for 11 weeks.

Regular attendance is compulsory.

Preliminary Reading

 

Fred Halliday, Islam and the Myth of Confrontation: Religion and Politics in the Middle East.  London, I.B. Tauris, rev. edition, 2003.

Amin Saikal, Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation.  London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. 

Sources

Students are strongly encouraged to keep up to date with relevant journals on the Middle East and Islamic affairs, including The Middle East Journal, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of Islamic Studies, Middle East Policy, ISIM Review, Arab Studies Quarterly, Middle East Report, and Journal of Palestine Studies.

Useful news magazines/journals include The Middle East, The Economist and The New York Review of Books (available on-line to ANU students).

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2679 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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