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Postgraduate Course: Research Skills and Methods in the Study of the Globalised Muslim World (IMES11116)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students on the MSc The Globalised Muslim World to Edinburgh's extensive range of electronic sources and material archives so they can generate effective research strategies. Through a range of short assignments, students will be able to apply these research skills and methods to the core themes of the Globalised Muslim World programme.
Course description In addition to Graduate School-organised lectures during Week 1, students will attend the Alwaleed Centre¿s Globalised Muslim World research seminar series.

Students will undertake lectures and assignments set by the Graduate School but will focus their assessed work on the Global Muslim World. In the case of hybrid or online teaching, students will be guided through online data gathering methods and undertake online ethnography. In addition, students will be required to write a short review of one Globalised Muslim World research seminar. Both assignments and seminar will be recorded and available online for students with connection problems.

This course leads onto the semester 2 course Research Methods and Problems in the Study of the Globalised Muslim World.
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
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Access, organise and synthesise a number of research technologies, including online resources, databases, archives, manuscripts, hypertext and unpublished documents.
  2. Identify specific technical problems in their area of study, including problems of comparative analysis, source access, translation, and presentation.
  3. Produce a full scholarly bibliography in their area of study.
  4. Engage critically with research on a variety of topics relating to the Globalised Muslim World.
Reading List
Abu-Lughod. Lila. 1991. Writing against Cculture. In Recapturing Anthropology: Working in the Present, edited by Richard Fox, 137 ¿ 162, Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.
Hennink, Monique M, Inge Hutter, and Ajay Bailey. 2020.¿Qualitative Research Methods. 2E ed. Los Angeles: Sage.
Joseph, Suad. 2005. Learning Desire: Relational Pedagogies and the Desiring Female Subject in Lebanon. Journal of Middle East Women¿s Studies 1(1): 79-109.
Kvale, Steinar. 2007.¿Doing Interviews. The Sage Qualitative Research Kit. Los Angeles Calif.: SAGE.¿

Appadurai, Arjun. 2006. Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger. Durham: Duke University Press.
Asad, Talal. 2003. Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Bayat, Asef. 2007. Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Cesari, Jocelyne. 2014. The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity, and the State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Devji, Faisal. 2008. The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics. New York: Columbia University Press
Diamond, Larry J., Marc F. Plattner, & Daniel Brumberg (Eds.). 2003. Islam and Democracy in the Middle East. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Eickelman, Dale & James Piscatori. 2004. Muslim Politics. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Gerges, Fawaz A. 2005. The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gräf, Bettina & Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (Eds.). 2009. Global mufti: the phenomenon of Yusuf al-Qara¿awi. New York: Columbia University Press.
Haddad, Yvonne (Ed). 2001. Muslims in the West. From Sojourners to Citizens. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hefner, Robert W. (Ed.). 2005. Remaking Muslim Politics: Pluralism, Contestation, Democratization. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Khalid, Adeeb. 2014. Islam after Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia, 2nd edition. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Mahmood, Sabah. 2005. Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Mandaville, Peter. 2001. Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma. New York: Routledge.
Mandaville, Peter. 2013. Islam and Politics. New York: Routledge
Menchik, Jeremy. 2016. Islam and Democracy in Indonesia: Tolerance without Liberalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Roy, Olivier. 2004. Globalised Islam: The Search for a New Ummah. New York: Columbia University Press.
Schwedler, Jillian. 2007. Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Soares, Benjamin and Rene Otayek (Ed.). 2007. Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
Volpi, Frederic. 2010. Political Islam Observed. New York: Oxford University Press USA.
Volpi, Frederic. 2010. Political Islam: A Critical Reader (New York: Routledge, 2010)
Wickham, Carrie Rosefsky. 2002. Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism, and Political Change in Egypt. New York: Columbia University Press.
Yavuz, M. Hakan. 2009. Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The technical and critical skills necessary to locate academic literature relevant to the field of inquiry.

The ability to interpret and analyse academic literature pertinent the field of inquiry.

The ability to identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues.

The skills necessary to evaluate critically their own and others¿ work.

The range of skills necessary to execute a major piece of original research.

The ability to formulate a research proposal and dissertation drawing on appropriate source materials and to place this in an academic context.

The ability to use relevant secondary literature and discuss pertinent interpretative debates.

The ability to reach an independent judgement, based on their own research.
Course organiserDr Kholoud Al-Ajarma
Course secretaryMs Monique Brough
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
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