• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2021
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate familiarity with Islam as a world religion and a framework for social action during major phases in its historical development;
  2. reflect on the key concepts and themes pertaining to political Islam;
  3. analyse endogenous and exogenous factors behind the radicalisation of political Islam in different geographic zones;
  4. distinguish various trends in radical Islam according to their social composition and engagement with issues such as violence, good government, gender and group identity; and
  5. locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to Islamic radicalism, and present findings in a coherent manner on paper and orally.

Other Information

This is an intensive course offered over a three-week period.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Online quizzes (10) [LO 1,2]
  3. Reflective book review (1500 words) (20) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  4. Policy brief (2000 words) (20) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  5. Take-home exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 24 hours of seminars; and b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading, writing and online activities over 3 weeks.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Honours) (HMECA). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MEAS8102.

Prescribed Texts

An e-brick is made available for this course on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

- John L. Esposito and Emad El-Din Shahin, eds. Key Islamic Political Thinkers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

- Mohammed Ayoob. The Many Faces of Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2008.

- Roxanne Euben. Enemy in the Mirror. Islamic Fundamentalism and the Limits of Modern Rationalism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.



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6.00 0.12500
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Year Fee
2021 $3900
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Year Fee
2021 $5580
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4733 05 Jul 2021 04 Jul 2021 09 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 In Person N/A

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