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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2012–2013
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PEACE005 Identity conflicts in the Arab and Muslim World 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Master's Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Rauhan- ja konfliktintutkimus
School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Learning outcomes

Introducing the students to analysis of identities and their impact on conflicts in the Arab and Muslim world. The students will learn how to deal with the reference to identity in the conflicts beyond simplifications or stereotypes.

General description

Studies focusing on the Arab and Muslim world often insist on the permanence and the reproduction of irreducible identities that supposedly shape social and political conflicts in the region. The course introduces - in situations and not only in theory - key concepts such as sectarism, tribalism and solidarity bonds, discuss the history of their creation in the field of Arab and Muslim World studies, and present their potential role – material and/or symbolic - in the conflicts in the area. Case-studies will also be explored more deeply.

Enrolment for University Studies

Max. 20 students. Priority is given to PEACE students but some places are available for exchange students. Pre-enrolment by December 15 by email (bruno.lefort (a) uta.fi).


Bruno Lefort, Teacher responsible


Lectures 24 hours
Tue 8-Jan-2013 - 5-Mar-2013 weekly at 14.15-16.45, seminar room, TAPRI, no lecture on Tuesday 26.2.2013


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

- Active participation in the lectures
- Group-presentation of a case-study focusing on one particular conflict
- Essay

Study materials

Selected articles (to be announced at the beginning of the course)