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Semester 1

Regional Perspectives in a Globalised Muslim World (IMES10107)


Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies





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Visiting students should have at least 3 courses in a related subject area at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

The course presents historical, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural perspectives from the core regions of the Muslim world and from Muslim-minority contexts paying special attention to contemporary regional issues. Each lecture/seminar will introduce the students to specific tools of investigation and approaches of analysis that are particularly significant for these perspectives. It will help students answer key questions about Muslim communities in specific regions of the Muslim world. The course will also highlight the connections and bridges, as well as the significant differences, between regions and perspectives as students progressively build a better understanding of the field of research.

Course Description

Academic description: This course examines the evolving dynamics of Muslim societies in the different regions of the Muslim world (and beyond) in the modern period. It explores the key features of Muslim societies and regional interactions across religious, socio-economic, cultural, and political phenomena. The course themes include different levels of analysis (from the relations between states to the everyday practices of religiosity). Outline content: This course will cover themes related to regional perspectives on the Muslim World that may include, but will not be limited to, the following topics: Muslim dynamics in Sub Saharan Africa Islamism and International Relations in the Middle East Shiism and Iran in context North Africa Islamism after the Arab uprisings South East Asian Muslim societies Muslims in India/South Asia European Islam/Islamism Comparative Muslim regionalism Student experience: The course is a combination of lecture-style presentation of the weekly topic by the lecturer for the first hour of the course, followed by a tutorial style seminar in the ensuing hour where students among themselves and students and the lecturer discuss and explore in more depth some of the salient issues pertaining to the topic. Lecture slides will be made available to the students before the session alongside a series of weekly questions and exercises that should be researched and answered in preparation for the seminar. A specific session on research design will take place to prepare the students for the writing up of a research project. This UG course is taught jointly with PG students

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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