History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course will address the evolution of Islamic political doctrine, with a focus on contemporary phenomena such as that of jihadism, salafism, political Islam, post-Islamism, and the relationship between oppositional Islamic parties and government across a range of settings. These themes will be analysed by looking at how local contexts, analysed through an historical lens, intersect with trans-regional phenomena triggered by the new media and migration. The students will thus acquire an advanced understanding of the relationship between Islam and politics in the contemporary MENA region.
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.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
Teaching/presentations via MT and final oral exam via MT
Course syllabus
Historical development of Islam, Islamic 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
Teaching methods
Lectures and students' presentations
Teaching Resources
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: presentation in class and P.Mandaville, Islam and politics, Routledge, 2020 (online su Minerva), except pp. 164-196 and 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
SPS/14 - ASIAN HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Giunchi Elisa Ada