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Period I (27-Aug-2018 – 21-Oct-2018)
Period (27-Aug-2018 - 21-Oct-2018)
Advanced Studies [Period I]

Unfortunately this course is cancelled for the autumn semester 2018

Islamism is one of the most important political ideologies and social movements of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Propagated as a “revival” by its proponents, and labeled as “fundamentalist” by its opponents, it is also often described as “political Islam” or “Islamism.” This course has three main objectives: (1) To understand the historical, socio-economic, political and cultural context in which the Islamicate world has gone through a significant change and has produced Islamist contention. (2) To understand why Islamism is a populist movement, its relationship with Western hegemony over the world, globalization and global political economy, especially its relationship with social classes and economic and political struggles. (3) To understand why and how a jihadist version emerged, that is to say, a version of Islamism which employs violence and terror as a political instrument; the role of globalization and technology in jihadism; the relationship between violence and politics in jihadist ideology.

Keep in mind that we will not approach Islamism as an isolated, self-contained object, some sort of evil worldview without any social context, or simply and exclusively rooted in the religion of Islam. On the contrary, we will see Islamism as an opportunity to unfold, analyse and discuss a number of social, economic and political problems we have on a global level, from social and economic inequalities to questions of secularism and religion, or the relationship between violence and politics. The main idea of the course is precisely that this is the healthiest way to understand Islamism.

Weekly Schedule:

10.9.2018 Meeting 1: Introducing the Course

  • A short introduction to Islam; some history; secularism and religion.

12.9.2018 Meeting 2: Islam and Colonialism

  • S.V.R. Nasr: “European Colonialism and the Emergence of Modern Muslim States”
  • F. Fanon: A Dying Colonialism, excerpts.

24.9.2018 Meeting 3: Orientalism and Colonialism

  • Edward Said: Orientalism, Introduction.

  • Gayatri Spivak: “The Rani of Sirmur” pp. 253-254.

26.9.2018 Meeting 4: Islam, Modernity and Secularism  

  • Mahmut Mutman: “Under the Sign of Orientalism”
  • Jamal Elias: “Early Reformists”

 Suggested further reading:

Sayyid Qutb: Milestones, excerpts.

1.10.2018 Meeting 5: Islamism as a Political Movement

  • Sami Zubaida: “Trajectories of Political Islam: Egypt, Iran and Turkey”

 Suggested further reading:
Deniz Kandiyoti: “The Travails of the Secular: Puzzle and Paradox in Turkey”
Sami Zubaida: “Islam and Nationalism: Continuities and Contradictions”

3.10.2018 Meeting 6: The Political Economy of Islamism

  • Joel Beinin: “Political Islam and the New Global Economy”

 Suggested further reading:

Evren Hosgör: “Islamic Capital/Anatolian Tigers”
Evren Hosgör: “The Question of AKP Hegemony”

8.10.2018 Meeting 7: Jihadism, Globalisation and Network Theory

  • Faisal Devji: Landscapes of Jihad, excerpts.
  • Olivier Roy: “Lure of the Death Cult”

  • Faisal Devji: “ISIS: Haunted by Sovereignty”
  • Mahmut Mutman: “Islamophobia”

 Suggested further reading:
Antoine Bosquet: “Complexity Theory and the War on Terror”
Nafeez Ahmed: “Follow the Oil, Follow the Money”

10.10.2018 Meeting 8: Jihadism, Media and Technology

  • Handout: Religion and Technology
  • Film: The Clanging of Swords

  • Jihadist Press. Dabıq

15.10.2018 Meeting 9: Jihadism, Politics and Violence  

  • Thomas Keenan: “A language that needs no translation”

 Suggested Further Reading:

Nasser Hussain: “The Sound of Terror”

17.10.2018 Week 10: Review and Discussion



Enrolment for University Studies
Enrolment time has expired
10-Sep-2018 – 17-Oct-2018
Periods: I
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

Office Hours: Wednesday 2.00-3.00 pm. You are welcome to ask questions about any aspect of the course and discuss the subject further in the office hours. If the office hour is in conflict with your own schedule, please feel free to make an appointment with me.