This course provides a broad theoretical base, both descriptive and analytical, to understand to intersection of politics and Islam in contemporary times. We will start with building a theoretical base to understand the intersection of religion and politics in the modern world, and provide a brief historical overview of Islamist movements across the world. Case-studies will cover many contemporary issues in the Islamic world, including ISIS, Israel-Palestine conflict, social media and the Arab Spring, terrorism, globalization and Islamic NGOs, and the rise of Islamic economics.
35% Final Exam
25% Response Paper
20% Class Participation
20% Student Presentation
The course will be a combination of lecture, large group discussions and student presentations. Since we will cover a lot of material in a relatively short period of time, regular student attendance is strongly encouraged.