MENAS 491 - Proseminar on the Arab World
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS)
Department: LSA II: Middle Eastern and North African Studies
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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.

MENAS 491 - Proseminar on the Arab World
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001 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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