AAPTIS 491 - Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
Section: 001 Modern Islamic Movements in Comparative Perspectives
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the rise and evolution of Islamic political movements in different areas of the Muslim world. After a brief introduction to Islam as a religious, cultural, and political tradition, the course will focus on the phenomenon of so-called “political Islam” and political movements associated with it. The course will address their historical roots and ideological underpinnings. While the ideological premises shared by most Islamic movements are important, the course will also highlight the distinctive political and social strategies and agendas of the participants in such movements in different geographical regions. Special consideration will be given to the role of the political and social environments in which modern Islamic movements rise and evolve and which give them their distinct character. In addition to readings, course materials include recent films, lectures by guest speakers with expertise in different regional manifestations of political Islam, and a visit to an Islamic center in the Detroit Metro area.

Prerequisites: Students are expected to have a modicum of knowledge of Middle Eastern, Russian/Soviet and South Asian history and of the foundations of Islamic religion.

Format: The coordinator of the course will lead discussions of reading assignments and moderate guest-speaker presentations in a seminar-like format.

AAPTIS 491 - Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

You can also purchase the 4th edition of Kepel's book "Jihad" which was put out by I.B. Tauris.
ISBN: 9780674008779
Jihad : the trail of political Islam, Author: Kepel, Gilles., Publisher: Harvard University Press 2003
ISBN: 0231134991
Globalized islam : the search for a new ummah., Author: Roy, Olivier., Publisher: Columbia University Press 2006
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