- Code MEAS8115
- 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
This course covers the international politics of the Muslim world, with a special emphasis on the Middle East since 1945. Classical and modern Islamic thought on war and peace serves as the backdrop to a consideration of a number of themes. These include the compatibility of Islam and nationalism, the significance of Islamic trans-nationalism, the role of the pan-Islamic ideal, the impact of radical networks, and the effects of globalisation. Attempts are made to relate modern historical trends to larger concerns and theories of international relations.
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:
- analyse the development of Islamic thought on international relations;
- analyse the ways in which Muslims have interacted historically with non-Muslims, on the one hand, and other Muslims, on the other, to construct their position in the world;
- understand critical debates about, and schools of thought on, the meaning of key elements of world politics, such as nationalism, the transnational community of faith, and terrorist networks; and
- recognize the content and analytical frameworks of a select group of readings.
Indicative AssessmentIn-class presentation, 10 mins (10%) LO 1, 2, 3 & 4
Major Essay, 4000 words (50%) LO 1, 3 & 4
In-class examination, 3 hours (40%) LO 1, 2 & 3
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 2 hours of seminars per week; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsAn e-brick is made available for this course on Wattle.
Preliminary ReadingEsposito, John L., Political Islam: Revolution, Radicalism, or Reform (London: Lynne Reinner), 1997.
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