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Crisis Zone: Islam and Resistance (ISLM30018)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeISLM30018
Semester 1
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This third-year subject examines the political dynamics of the modern Middle East, with a specific focus on the events known as the 'Arab Uprisings'. It will offer a brief synopsis of 20th century Middle Eastern history before exploring the War on Terror, the 2011 Arab Uprisings and their aftermath, and contemporary political trends in non-Arab states such as Turkey and Iran. This subject will analyse the role of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces in the contemporary Middle East, and will examine critical issues such as sectarianism, gender politics, Islamism and the influence of external powers in the region. Crisis Zone: Islam and Resistance will provide students with a detailed framework for understanding the conflicts and challenges of the modern Middle East.

Intended learning outcomes

Students that complete this subject should:

  • Develop an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of contemporary Islam and its political applications
  • Develop critical skills in the discussion and investigation of political Islam in the modern world
  • Develop the ability to critically reflect on academic literature relating to Islam
  • Develop the capacity to plan and execute self-directed research

Last updated: 12 December 2018