Political Islam between three Continents

The course deals with the story of Political Islam in the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea countries. The term Political Islam usually includes a wide range of political movements different from each other but having in common a strong relation with the Islamic political tradition, that is, at times, but not always, accompanied by a vague desire for a return to some alleged forms of the “original” Islam of the Prophet’s time.

The analysis of the Islamic movements that have appeared in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean will include both the older, with their clearly anti-colonial character, and the most recent, that claim the ideal of an Islamic management of private life and political life in a modern society.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course the students will have gained:

  • detailed knowledge of the history of these movements
  • ability to understand the role and the importance of these movements in the Eastern Mediterranean region
  • ability to interpret the nature, the ideology, the purposes and the practices of these movements
  • familiarity with the concepts of Islamic fundamentalism, Islamic reformism, Islamism, Political Islam, Islamic resistance, contemporary jihad, and others
  • in-depth study of many of the most important expressions of these movements, like the Muslim Brotherhood (also known as the Muslim Brothers), Hizb ut-Tahrir etc.