ML 409 – Islam and Modern Politics



This module will cover the following:
• Politics in early Islamic History
• Islam and modernity – Orientalist view
• Islam and modernity – other views
• Islamic political movements: a historical analysis
• Islamic political movements: hijacking Islam
• Islamic Countries: Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Iran
• Islamic Countries: Algeria, Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan
• Islam and Democracy- In theory
• Islam and Democracy- In practice
• The Clash of Civilisations – The thesis and a critical appraisal
• Recent political developments in the Middle east

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Apart from class contributions, students are expected to develop their ideas through research and preparation leading to a research based essay and discuss the topic during class seminars. The module will be assessed by one 4,000 words assignment demonstrating significant research and should aim to critically evaluate a particular subject as suggested by the tutor.
Assessment Weighting
Individual coursework: 100 out of 100

Learning materials

Core readings
Adamec W. L. (2009). Historical Dictionary of Islam,The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
Bayat, Asef (2007). Islam and Democracy: What is the Real Question?, Amsterdam University Press
Recommended readings
Cesari, J. (2004). When Islam and Democracy Meet, Palgrave Macmillan
Esposito, L. J. (1999). The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality, New York: Oxford University Press.
Esposito, L. J. (2005). Islam: the Straight Path. New York: Oxford University Press
Esposito, L. J. (2002). Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam. New York: Oxford University Press.
Hafez, K. (2010). Radicalism and Political Reform in the Islamic and Western Worlds, Cambridge University Press
Huntington, P. S. (1993) “The Clash of Civilization”. Foreign Affairs, v72, n3, 22-28.
Hunter T. S. (2009). Reformist voices of Islam : mediating Islam and modernity. M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
Khaled A. E. (2004), Islam and the Challenge of Democracy, Princeton University Press.
Lewis, B. (2002). What Went Wrong? : Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response. London: Phoenix.
Lucas, C. P. and Robbins T.(2004). New Religious Movements in the Twenty-First Century, Routledge
Salih, Mohamed (2009). Interpreting Islamic Political Parties, Palgrave Macmillan
Hafez, K. (2010). Radicalism and Political Reform in the Islamic and Western Worlds, Cambridge University Press