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
By studying the most relevant events of North African and Middle eastern history, students will acquire an awarenesss of the origins of currents events in a crucial area of the world and will be enabled to comprehend and critically analyse them.
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
Lectures and students' presentations
Non attending students: P.Mandaville, Islam and politics, Routledge, 2020 ( online su Minerva), except boxes 4.3, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1, 6.4, 6.5, 7.3, 8.1, 8.2, pp. 181-196 and 407-421
Attending students: presentazion in class and P.Mandaville, Islam and politics, Routledge, 2020 (online su Minerva), except pp. 164-196 e 389-454, boxes 5.3, 5.4, 6.1, 6.4, 6.5, 7.3.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written exam 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