- Code MEAS4111
- 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
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically analyse 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;
- analyse and judge 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; and,
- evaluate key concepts which have often been used but frequently misunderstood; such as Islam, Islamic, Islamist, terrorism, and resistance.
- 3,000 word essay (60) [LO 1,2,3]
- Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks at seminars; and,
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed texts for this course. All readings will be made available on Wattle.
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.
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