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Undergraduate Course: Political Islam (PLIT10089)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course provides an introduction to political Islam as a social and political phenomenon in the contemporary Middle East. It examines conflicting definitions of political Islam; debates on its compatibility with democracy; its intellectual, social and historical roots; its relationship to violence and its implications for international relations and world order. These questions are explored via lectures and tutorials discussing a number of case studies as well as broader thematic issues.
Course description The rise of political Islam across the Middle East, and beyond, has been one of the most consequential developments in regional politics for at least the last 40 years. In recent years violent Islamism, such as that of the Islamic State, has grabbed the headlines, but political Islam is a diverse and multifaceted phenomenon, most of whose adherents do not pursue violent strategies. This course examines political Islam, or 'Islamism', as a complex and contested political phenomenon. It provides a historical background to some of Islamism¿s most important manifestations in the Middle East before focussing on more contemporary developments and dynamics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004) OR Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for non-specialists (PLIT08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who have not taken Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004) OR Politics in a Changing World (PLIT08012), but have taken a similar course, should contact the Course Organiser to confirm if they are eligible to take this course.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 4 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Section for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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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.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course has a quota. Preference will be given to Politics and IR students.
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus 1 hr tutorial per week
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Ewan Stein
Tel: (0131 6)50 4264
Course secretaryMr Colin Arthur
Tel: (0131 6)51 3737
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