- Code MEAS4102
- 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, Security Studies, Middle East Studies, Central Asia Studies
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 and 9/11 attacks, 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with Islam as a world religion and a framework for social action during major phases in its historical development.
- Reflect on, and discuss the key concepts, themes, and schools of thought pertaining to modernism and reformism in Islam.
- Analyse endogenous and exogenous factors behind the radicalisation of political Islam in different geographic zones.
- Distinguish various trends in radical Islam according to their social composition and engagement with issues such as violence, good government, gender and group identity.
- Locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to Islamic radicalism, and present findings in a coherent manner on paper and orally.
Indicative Assessment4000 word research essay (60%), Learning Outcomes 1-5
Final Examination, 3 hours (held during the formal examination period) (40%), Learning Outcomes 1-5
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsAn e-brick is made available for this course on Wattle.
Preliminary ReadingMohammed Ayoob, The Many Faces of Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World. Ann Arbor: The Univesity of Michigan Press, 2008.
John D. Donohue and John L. Esposito, eds. Islam in Transition. Muslim Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
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