- 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- familiarise themselves 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; and
- locate and collate materials on topics relevant to Islamic radicalism, and present analytical findings in a coherent manner on paper.
- 5,000 word essay (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- 3-hour final examination (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 online activities, practice exercises, readings and assessment over 12 weeks.
Requisite and Incompatibility
The course has an electronic reading brick.
• Mohammed Ayoob, The Many Faces of Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2008.
• John D. Donohue and John L. Esposito, eds. Islam in Transition. Muslim Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
• John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed, Who speaks for Islam? What a billion Muslims really think. New York: Gallup Press, 2007.
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