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Cabeiri Debergh Robinson
SIS 498
Seattle Campus

Readings in International Studies

Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.

Class description

Political Islam and Contemporary Islamist Movements

This seminar will examine 3 Islamist movements (movements which seek to reform Muslim society through the capture of the modern state and the establishment of Islamic practices of rule- especially Islamic law). The goal is to understand how Islamist movements have shaped the practice both of regional politics and of 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 readings require students to use their understanding of Islamist movements to participate in the debate on the nature of global ¡§political Islam¡¨.

Student learning goals

„X Learn how to analyze the topic of Political Islam by mastering the scholarly conversation about the subject.

„X Learn how to identify schools, leading figures in the field, and works that change the nature of the conversation about the topic of Political Islam.

„X Learn how to approach books as "texts" (as in context) rather than as neutral bundles of data.

„X Learn how to distinguish between theoretical contributions and empirical contributions of a text and to discretely analyze, apply, and critique these contributions.

„X Sharpen synthetic writing skills and frame one¡¦s discussion within the context of a ¡¥literature¡¦, in this case literature on Political Islam.

General method of instruction

Seminar discussion.

Recommended preparation

Senior Status in JSIS

Class assignments and grading

Biweekly writing assignments on assigned readings; seminar discussion; final analytic essay.

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


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: 01/28/2009