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Postgraduate Course: Political Islam in the Middle East (PGSP11298)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionEver since Ayatollah Khomeini proclaimed Iran an 'Islamic Republic' in 1979 political Islam has seemed an unstoppable force. Though often accused of being 'anti-democratic' Islamists of various stripes have excelled in electoral politics. In 2002 the Justice and Development Party swept to power in Turkey and played a key role in reinforcing the 'civil' nature of the Turkish state. In 2006 Islamist Hamas routed secular Fatah in democratic elections in Palestine. In Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen and elsewhere, Islamists thrived as opposition forces under authoritarian rule and realised extensive cultural gains. In early 2011 it was a largely secular wave of mass protest that toppled dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt, but Islamism appears to be consolidating itself in each of these states. So what is political Islam? Is it compatible with democracy? What are its intellectual, social and historical roots? What is its relationship to violence and what questions does it raise for International Relations? These are some of the central questions to be addressed in this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  30
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Detailed knowledge of the main trends of political Islam in the Middle East
2. Ability to relate the ideological aspects of political Islam to political context
3. Critical understanding of different scholarly approaches and perspectives on political Islam
4. Ability to discuss and debate political Islam with reference to broad academic literature on the topic.
Assessment Information
One midterm 1500 word 'literature review' essay (35 %). One final 3000 research essay (65%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Week 1, 19 January: Political Islam: concepts and approaches

Week 2, 26 January: Formative stages: Islamic politics in the age of empire

Week 3, 2 February: Islamist alternatives in the post-colonial Middle East

Week 4, 9 February: Islam and revolution in Iran

Week 5, 16 February: Hamas and Hezbollah: violence and Islamic politics

Week 6, 23 February: No Seminar (Innovative Learning Week)

Week 7, 1 March: Islamism, democracy and the state

Week 8, 8 March: Islamism at the grassroots

Week 9, 15 March: Jihadisms local and global

Week 10, 22 March: Political Islam and the 'Arab Spring'

Week 11, 29 March: Political Islam and International Relations
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Ewan Stein
Tel: (0131 6)50 4264
Course secretaryMrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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