History of Political Islam

History 100M.002

Fall 2016
Aimee Genell
241 Cory
Day & Time: 
MWF 11-12

This course is a history of the development of Islamic political and social movements from the late nineteenth century through the present. The course will focus primarily on the Middle East, but will also examine intellectual and political trends in the wider Islamic world including India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The course traces the struggle between post-imperial secularizing states in the Middle East and Islamic social movements. It will consider the role of religion in post-colonial state building practices as well as the way in which European colonialism and later American oil interests in the region influenced the conflict between Islamic social movements and state elites. Each week students will become familiar with Islamic intellectuals and their works in translation.

Course Books

Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil by Mitchell, Timothy Verso. ISBN: 978-1781681169 Required
Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation by Weizman, Eyal Verso. ISBN: 978-1844678686 Required
The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of the Empire by Pedersen, Susan Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199730032 Required
The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz by Minowi, Mostafa Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804799270 Required
The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire by Pierce, Leslie Oxford University Press . ISBN: 978-0195086775 Required