- Code MEAS8102
- 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
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
The growing political strength, self-awareness and solidarity of Muslim communities across the world have been evident since the early 1970s. In the wake of the Cold War, Muslim politics has caused particular concern in the West, where the notion of ‘Islamic Radicalism’ has been increasingly used to create an image of the threatening cultural ‘Other’. This course is aimed at a better understanding of Islam, Islamic movements, Islamic revivalism or Islamism in a variety of settings. Specifically, it is a course about how to think about Islamic radicalism as a conglomeration of context-specific policies, projects, ideals, institutions, and movements that have their origin in Muslim societies’ response to “modernity”. It is designed to introduce students to major theoretical perspectives on Islamism, and its practical manifestations in individual countries (not confined to the Arab World), as well as in the regional and global arena.
One 4,000-5,000 words essay (60%), 3-hour final examination (40%)
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Workload130 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
Preliminary ReadingThere is no single prescribed text for this course. However, three books listed below provide a solid introductory background to the course.
D F Eickelman and J Piscatori, Muslim Politics, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1996.
A Saikal, Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
F. Burgat, Face to Face with Political Islam, London: IB Tauris, 2003.
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