AA5314 – Modern Islamic Religious and Political Movements
Spring (3 graduate credits)
This course focuses on contemporary Islamic reform and revitalization movements, their rise and development, current status, and implications for Muslim self-understanding. Particular attention is given to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Gulen Movement, and to the secularists who emerged from the Arab Spring. Along with brief background information on Islam provides the foundation of current trends, this course will examine the issues behind the anger and agenda of militant Islam, some possible responses, and the competing ideological struggle between modernity and open-mindedness versus Islamic fundamentalism and/or fanaticism. Special attention will be given to the Israel/Palestine conflict.