WiSe 15/16: Islam, Islamism, Post-Islamism, and the Question of Political Violence
This course offers a comparative exploration of the question of political violence in the wide and multiple contexts of Islam, Islamism, and post-Islamism. To this purpose, the course period during ... read more
This course offers a comparative exploration of the question of political violence in the wide and multiple contexts of Islam, Islamism, and post-Islamism. To this purpose, the course period during the semester is divided to three interplaying blocks. The first block is allocated to analytical and historical introductions to a range of different narratives of Islam, Islamism, and post-Islamism. In the second section, the question of political violence will be discussed at different analytical, historical, normative, explanatory, and problem-solving levels. These two blocks are meant to set the ground for discussing political violence in the multiple contexts of Islam, Islamism, and post-Islamism in the third block of the course.
In this seminar, in addition to lectures, oral presentations, guest lectures, and written academic materials-books and articles, a variety of other sources such as movies and multimedia materials will be also introduced and employed. And possibly, some voluntary group visits to certain museums and particular sites in Berlin will be arranged too. Students are encouraged to participate actively to the course through different means of taking individual initiatives and participating in small group collaborations.
As a condition for a fruitful attendance to the course, it is necessary for students to have at least some basic knowledge of modern political theory and Islam.
Students are also expected to have read the following book (which is an easy and widely accessible read) before the second session of the course:
Karen Armstrong. Islam: A Short History. USA. Modern Library. 2000.