History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing students with an advanced understanding of the relationship between Islam and politics in the contemporary MENA region, with the methodology to analyse this theme in a range of settings and with an adequate lexicon.
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
Teaching/presentation via MT with final oral exam via MT
Course syllabus
History of Islam, Islamic classical political theory, sunnism and shiism, Islamic revivalism, political Islam, relationship between political power and religious authority in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, the political thought of Mawdudi, Shariati, Khomeini and Qutb, the idea of the Islamic state, the political discourse of Al-Qaeda, and ISIS; sectarianism vs. sectarianization in contemporary Middle East
Prerequisites for admission
basic knowledge of contemporary history
Teaching methods
Lectures and students' presentations
Teaching Resources
non attending students: P.Mandaville, Islam and politics, Routledge, 2014 (or edition 2020)

attending students: P.Mandaville, Islam and politics, Routledge, 2014, 1 - 174, pp. 203-265, pp. 304-321, pp. 328-366 (or corresponding parts in the 2020 edition).
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written exam (unless stated otherwise on the Ariel website) with the aim of assessing the knowledge of the themes dealt with by the programme, the capacity to interpret them in a critical manner and to espouse them with an adequate terminology
SPS/14 - ASIAN HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Giunchi Elisa Ada