POLSCI 489 - Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Section: 101 Muslim Politics
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Seniors only.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course surveys the relationship between Islam and politics in the contemporary period. It examines Islam as a substate legal system and social ideology that both competes with and legitimizes the modern state. We will consider how foundational Islamist thinkers envisioned Islam as the basis for creating a perfect community and how more recent interpreters have used or misused religious precepts to challenge Western cultural and military hegemony, often with violent outcomes. We will also engage the works of Islamic modernists who argue for the compatibility of Islam and democracy. Turning from theory to practice in the second part of the course, we will examine political Islam in two distinct contexts: that of the authoritarian Muslim-majority state and that of the democratic Muslim-minority state. We will pay close attention to how leaders in both environments use Islam as a mobilizing ideology for their own purposes. Finally, students will take on Islam’s internal critics in an effort to answer the question: What is ‘Muslim’ about Muslim Politics?

POLSCI 489 - Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science
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101 (LEC)
TuWTh 12:00PM - 2:00PM
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