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Robert D Burrowes
SIS 406
Seattle Campus

Political Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism

Study of resurgence, since mid-1970s, of political Islam and what has come to be called Islamic fundamentalism, especially in the Middle East. Topics include the nature and variety of political Islam today, causes and implications of the current resurgence, and comparison with previous resurgences. Offered: jointly with POL S 432.

Class description

Course focuses on the revival since the mid-1970s of political Islam and what has come to be called "Islamic fundamentalism," especially in the Middle East. What are the nature and variety of political Islam today, and how does this resurgence or revival compare to those in the past? What are its causes, and what are its implications for the Islamic world as well as for the rest of the world, the U.S. included? (For example, is it a "threat" to us and our interests?) Finally, is political Islam compatible with democratic politics and international order?

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures and discussion.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites, although a basic course on Middle East Politics, history, etc. is a good idea. Suitable for non-International Studies majors with some background in political science.

Class assignments and grading

Readings from Esposito, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?; Beinin and Stork (eds), Political Islam; and Esposito and Voll, Islam and Democracy.

Two Exams: 40% Term Paper: 40% Clipping File 10% Class Participation 10% TOTAL 100%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/15/1999