Islam and Politics: Modernity Challenges (ARIS2674)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit focuses on Islam as a political and cultural force in the modern world, particularly in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Issues include: Islamic political thought; the Sunna-Shi'a divergence and the significance of Shi'a Islam; Islamic traditionalism; reform; radicalism; Jihad and 'fundamentalism'; Islamic political movements in Arab countries; Turkey, Iran and Asia; Islam and legitimacy of political regimes; Muslim minorities in the world; current debates on the 'Islamic threat'; 'terrorism'; 'clash of civilisations' and Islamic-Western mutual perceptions.

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Classes

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

Assessment

1x2250wd essay (40%), 1x2250wd take-home exercise (40%), class presentation (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(ARIS1001 or ARIS1671) or (12 Junior credit points from History or Ancient History) or (RLST1002 and RLST1005)

Prohibitions

JCTC3601, ARIS2004

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