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Cabeiri Debergh Robinson
JSIS B 526
Seattle Campus

Political Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism

Examines political Islam as a modern phenomenon produced at the intersections between localized and globalized political cultures and between political, religious, and social authority. Focuses on anthropological studies to examine how Islamic publics produce moral judgments about political practices. Offered: jointly with ANTH 526.

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Focusing on recent analysis of Muslim civil society and the Islamic public sphere, this course examines political Islam as a phenomenon produced at the intersection of universalistic and particularistic political cultures and in the spaces between political, religious, and social authority. The aims of this course are to introduce students to the complexities of issues surrounding Islamic political movements in contemporary Muslim societies and to learn to examine Islamic political movements through critical analyses that take into account historical, social, and cultural perspectives; to assist students in engaging in reflective knowledge production, examining discipline-specific suppositions of method and analysis as well as the overt contents of the sources; and to assist students in placing their reading and research within the intellectual genealogies of established scholarship.

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Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/17/2012