What is the course about?
Debates concerning Islam and its impact on global politics has come to dominate the contemporary political landscape. Phenomenon such as the Iranian revolution, rise of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS and the powerful re- emergence and expansion of the classical conception of the Caliphate in Islamic discourse and movement has mystified the western secular mindset in its attempts to comprehend this rising appeal as per a notion of religion built on the Western experience with Christianity and its notions of modernity. This short short interactive lecture course aims to provide an understanding of the mindset upon which Islam and politics has been fused and its role in contemporary Islamic thought and movement.
What will we cover?
-The historical context and contemporary situation which led to the growth of these movements
-The factors which might be useful as indicators for predicting future developments.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Engage with the historical context and contemporary situation which led to the growth of these movements
- Engage with factors which might be useful as indicators for predicting future developments.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` level course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a reasonable standard of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor presentation, interactive group discussion, slideshow, tutor-guided analysis of texts/video clips. There are no outside work to prepare, for this course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
None, but you may want to bring pen and paper for any notes you want to take during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further information about other similar courses, can be found under the 'contemporary history and politics' section or 'world history' section on the college website: www.citylit.ac.uk.