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349Hib09wPoISLAM - Political Islam and U.S Foreign Policy...

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1 Political Islam and U.S. Foreign Policy DePaul University Scott W. Hibbard Political Science 349 Office: Room 2105, 990 W Fullerton Winter 2008 Tel: (773) 325-7542 340 O’Connell Hall Office Hrs: MW 2:30-4:30 MWF, 10:50 – 11:50 am [email protected] Course Description: This course examines the historical development of the Islamist movement, and the U.S. government’s response to it. The course will review the origins of the Islamist ideology, and several historical periods that have defined the movement as a political force. We will then review American foreign policy toward Islamic activism, and the debates over how best to deal with the challenge of Islamic militancy. The closing weeks of the course will be dedicated to the post-9/11 period, and will examine different aspects of the so-called “War on Terror.” Course Requirements: Each student is expected to read the assigned material before class and to be prepared to discuss its contents each week. Class attendance and participation is mandatory, and will comprise 10 percent of your grade; anyone who misses over fifty percent of the class meetings will fail the course. There will also be a ‘take-home’ midterm (worth 40 percent of our grade), and a final exam (worth 50 percent). You will also be required to attend three external events, and/or watch three approved films or documentaries that relate to the topic of this course (or some mix of these). You are then required to submit a 2-3 page (double spaced) paper identifying these events/films and providing your comments on them. For more information on this assignment, see the blackboard website under ‘Assignments’ . Required Reading The text listed below is available in the school bookstore. Asterisked readings (*) will be available electronically through the course blackboard. Books to purchase: -Gilles Kepel, Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002)
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2 Schedule and Readings Week 1: The Origins of Islamist Ideology (January 5, 7, 9) Class 1: Introduction -Kepel, Jihad , Chapter 1. Class 2: Hasan al-Banna and early Islamist Thought -Nazih Ayubi, Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Arab World (Chapter 6, “Political Islam: Intellectual Sources”), pp. 121-134* -Ibrahim Abu-Rabi, Intellectual Origins of Islamic Resurgence in the Modern Arab World , Chapter 3.* Class 3: Sayyid Qutb and Islamist Militancy -Ayubi, Political Islam , Chapter 6, pp. 134-145.* -Gilles Kepel, Muslim Extremism in Egypt: The Prophet and the Pharaoh , (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993), Chapter 2 (‘Signposts’)* Additional Material: -Hasan al-Banna, “The New Renaissance,” in Donohue and Esposito, eds., Islam in
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