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Cabeiri Debergh Robinson
JSIS B 407
Seattle Campus

Political Islam and Contemporary Islamist Movements

Examines Islamist movements (which seek to reform Muslim society through the capture and the modern state and the establishment of Islamic law) to understand how they impact regional politic and global political Islam. Prerequisite: either HIST 161, NEAR E 211, NEAR E 212, JSIS C 211, JSIS C 212, JSIS B 406/POL S 432, JSIS A 215, or JSIS A 402, any of which may be taken concurrently. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This seminar will examine 3 Islamist movements (movements to reform Muslim society through the capture of the modern state and the establishment of Islamic practices, especially Islamic law). The goal is to understand how Islamist movements have shaped the both regional politics and the emergence of global political Islam. The course will start by reading briefly on the history of modernist Islam and the rise of Islamist theory and political parties. Then the course will look at 3 parties in their regional Islamic context (Pakistan, Palestine, Indonesia). The final part of the course will focus on studentís own research.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Prerequisite: either hist 161, near e 211, near e 212, relig 211, relig 212, sis 406/pol s 432, sisme 213, or sisme 400, any of which may be taken concurrently.

Class assignments and grading

Students will have the opportunity to write a research paper on a topic that interests them. The research paper can serve as a draft of the sis qual paper, a senior major paper, or a chapter of an honors thesis.

The final grade will reflect your full participation in this course weighted as follows: bi-weekly writing 25%; participation and discussion 25%; final paper 50%.


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: 10/15/2012