Spring 2018  |  POL 8660 Section 002: Topics in Comparative Politics -- Religion and Politics (67073)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/16/2018 - 05/04/2018
Tue 11:00AM - 12:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1450
Enrollment Status:
Open (5 of 10 seats filled)
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Course Catalog Description:
Readings in advanced topics or problems. Supervised research/training. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This course examines theoretical debates about the role of religion in politics and governance. The course will primarily focus on these debates as they play out in the "Muslim world," that is, primarily in the Middle East, Muslim Eurasia, South and Southeast Asia and Africa. However, the course will discuss comparative political and sociological theories of religion more broadly. The course will also include a number of readings and examples that deal with the role of Christianity in western politics, historically and today. The course is divided into theoretical components, and each one will examine a major debate about the role of religion, especially Islam, in politics, such as: the intricate relationship between religious identity and tribe, ethnicity, nation and nationalism, and citizenship; religion and democracy; religion and gender politics; religion and state-building; religion and conflict; and religion and terrorism. The course will also cover a broad array of methodologies for studying religious identity and politics, from ethnographic to survey methods. These discussions are designed to help graduate students think about developing their own tools for pursuing field research related to religious and identity politics. The course has a political science focus, but is designed to be interdisciplinary. It draws on literature in anthropology (Saba Mahmood), sociology (e.g. Ronald Inglehart, Mounira Charrad), law (e.g. Noah Feldman, Hallaq), Islamic studies (e.g. Asma Afsaruddin) and history (e.g. Benin, John Esposito), as well as political science (Mark Tessler, Amaney Jamal, Robert Pape). Course requirements will include a final research paper and class presentations.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 April 2009

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