- Developed for undergraduate and graduate students in political science but open to students from all fields
This course introduces the students to the interaction between religion and politics in the Muslim world. The course starts with a historical analysis outlining the conditions that shape the formation of political Islamic ideologies and movements in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as a response to Western colonialism. It then explores different manifestations of political Islam in various contexts: Islamic states (Iran and Saudi Arabia), Muslim democracies (Turkey and Indonesia), Islam and pragmatism (Egypt and Pakistan), and political violence (Hamas, Hezbollah, and ISIS). In doing so, the course also integrates from three sub-disciplines of Political Science: Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. Through careful examination of case studies, the course familiarizes the students with the political, social, cultural and economic diversity in the Muslim world.