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Postgraduate Course: Islamic Movements in the 20th Century (IMES11060)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAlthough Islamic movements like the Muslim Brothers, the Talibans and al-Qaeda are sometimes derided as ┐medieval┐, they are in reality an essentially modern phenomenon that has no precedent in Islamic history. The mobilisation of millions within permanent organisations aimed at defense of Islam is indeed the product of entirely new circumstances such as colonial occupation, mass literacy, urbanisation, and Western-dominated globalization. Another misconception about Islamic movements is that they are violent by nature, whereas in fact non-violent means of action have featured very prominently in their history. This course aims to convey a better understanding of modern Islamic movements by examining their origins, social base, modes of action, and ideology. The course is organised according to four categories of aims pursued by modern Islamic movements: promoting Islamic norms and values within society, taking over state power, expelling foreign occupiers, and countering rival religious communities within society (sectarianism).
Course description 1. Introduction
2. Doctrinal and historical background
3. The reform of society (1): proselytising and education
4. The reform of society (2): charity and vigilantism
5. Seizing state power (1): early reformist movements
6. Seizing state power (2): revolution and armed struggle
7. Seizing state power (3): later reformist experiences
8. The defence of Muslim territories (1): the Islamisation of national liberation struggles
9. The defence of Muslim territories (2): al-Qaeda and global jihad
10. Sectarian and communal strife
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  7
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Class presentation and participation (25%)
1,500 word minor assignment (25%)
2,500 word final assignment (50%)
Feedback Class presentation & participation - Oral comments from lecturer and from fellow students.
A short paper of 1500 words - Detailed written feedback from the essay marker.
A final essay of 2500 words - Detailed written feedback from the essay marker.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain and contextualise the transformations of religious mobilisations in modern Muslim societies
  2. Categorise and analyse the preferences and strategies of modern Islamic movements
  3. Situate current events pertaining to Islamic movements with regard to the content of the course
  4. Evaluate and critique scholarly and other writings on modern Islamic movements
  5. locate and efficiently use key documentary resources on modern Islamic movements
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with undergraduate students (IMES10087).
Course organiserDr Elvire Corboz
Course secretaryMrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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