Units of Study

GOVT2774 - Islam: Democracy, Development and Gender

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Lily Rahim

Description

This unit will focus on progressive and reformist interpretations of Islam propagated in the periphery (non-Middle Eastern regions) of the Muslim World where the vast majority of Muslims reside. In particular, the unit will investigate the way in which reformist interpretations of Islam can provide Muslims with the framework to constructively address the myriad socio-economic and political challenges confronting them and the wider global community. Towards these ends, the theological discourses, socio-economic initiatives and political activities of progressive Muslim reformers, feminists and organisations in the Muslim periphery of Southeast Asia, North America and Europe will be closely examined. An important theme that will be another focus of analysis is the discursive contest between the forces of progressive and conservative Islam.

Assessments

1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x1500wd tutorial essay/report and presentation (30%), 1x1hr final exam (30%) and tutorial participation (10%)

Classes

1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week commencing week 2

Prerequisites

12 junior credit points in Government

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