- Code MEAS8116
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, International Relations, Political Sciences
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof James Piscatori
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2016
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This course examines in detail the debates over the democratisation of Muslim societies. It begins by an examination of modern Islamic thought and considers diverse views of the state, authority, pluralism, and citizenship. It assesses the importance of political culture and structural factors to the emergence of democracy. In doing so, it critically examines essentialist and exceptionalist assumptions about Middle Eastern and Muslim societies, the role of elections, the position of Islamist movements, the constraints on democratic consolidation, and the possibilities of ‘exporting' democracy. While the course is organised thematically, examples are drawn from a number of specific cases and democratic theory is invoked in order to relate the specificity of Muslim societies to broader debates.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:To understand the diverse normative positions on democracy and political authority in contemporary Muslim societies; to assess the importance of elections in the Middle East as a marker of political liberalisation; to assess whether democratization can be assisted by external intervention; to evaluate the academic controversies on the subject.
1 x 4,000 - 5,000 word essay = 50%
1 in-class oral presentation = 10%
1 x 3 hr examination to be held in exam period at end of semester = 40%
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One two-hour seminar per week for 11 weeks. Regular attendance is compulsory.
Preliminary ReadingJohn L. Esposito and John O. Voll, Islam and Democracy. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Larry Diamon, Marc F. Plattner, and Daniel Brumberg, Islam and Democracy in the Middle East. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
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|18 Jul 2016
|29 Jul 2016
|31 Aug 2016
|28 Oct 2016