Fundamentals of Islamic Practice
To be a Muslim means to submit to Gods
Primary emphasis is on obeying gods will
as set forth in Islamic law.
Orthodoxy: correct doctrine
Orthopraxy; correct practice/action
Death of the Prophet
When Muhammad died in 632, he left a
political organization that was entirely
centered around him.
He was a political and military leader and
he was the source of revelation. When
political or social dif
Historical Background: the
Rise of Islam
The Rise of Bedouin Culture
and Military Power
In the late 5th and early 6th Century, the
Bedouins not only became a military
power in their own right, they also closely
allied themselves with the ce
Islam: Religion, Politics and Society
History 3550-01 Section Spring 2013
Tue/Thu: 3:30-4:45 Room 208 Massie Hall
Course Instructor: Dr. Amr Al-Azm Room 221 Massie Hall.
Office Hours: Monday 2-4 pm and Wednesday 10-12 am or by appointment.
Islam and Social Change:
Democracy, Social Change
Is Islam incompatible with democracy?
Democracy: Whose Version
There are two types of governments in the
Muslim world: those that reject democracy as
contrary to their
A Comparative Look at Womens
Rights Before and After Islam
A debate has raged on whether women were
better off before Islam or under Islam.
Was the Prophet Muhammads plan/intention to
liberate women or to further bind them.
Terrorism, Jihad and Radical
The terms Jihad and Terrorism have
become interchangeable in todays world.
Not always the case
Jihad has gone through a long process of
evolution to reach where it is today.
Political Islam and the
Emergence of Islamic
Islam today continues to dominate both the local
and world scenes.
It demonstrates its dynamism and diversity of
The dominant theme of contemporary Isla
Islam in the Early 20th
Modernists and Neo-revivalists
Two Centuries of Western Imperialism
precipitated a political and religious crisis.
The Muslim world lost its political and
cultural sovereignty to the West.
Challenge Of The West and
Responses in the 18th and
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries were
times of transformation or both East and
In Europe new institutions and ideologies
relating to the emergence of modern