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How should we understand politics in the Middle East and South Asia—two regions known for political events that shape the wider world? This subject uses detailed case studies to explore fundamental questions regarding religion and politics in Muslim-majority as well as Muslim-minority states. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between Islam and violent resistance (including revolution) as well as electoral politics, constitutionalism, and human rights.
To facilitate discussion, the subject examines primary source materials such as constitutions, manifestos, charters, and first-hand reports that illuminate how states and organizations with a religious orientation articulate their own political views in Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, with concluding references to transnational links in Europe, East Asia, and Australia.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of religious politics, with a particular focus on the relationship between Islam and politics, in the Middle East and South Asia
- Formulate an assessment of the forces that extend or limit the relationship between Islam and politics in Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority contexts
- Demonstrate improved ability to analyse current literature regarding Islam and politics
- Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of Islamic and Islamist political activism as well as the historical contexts within which they emerged
Last updated: 30 November 2023