Welcome to the Library Resource Guide for THE ROOTS OF RADICAL POLITICAL ISLAM
POLS 0210_01 (Political Science)
(Middle East Studies)
This course is designed to help students understand the sources of radical, political Islam – specifically, why it has emerged as a global threat in our lifetime. We will examine domestic sources, such as repressive governments and poverty, as well as international sources, such as the Iranian revolution and U.S. imperialism, with a special emphasis on the various strategies that governments of states with predominantly Muslim populations have taken toward political Islam. We begin with a brief overview of the rise of political Islam within Muslim countries and the main reasons that have been cited for its success (or failure). We then examine how various states have responded to the emergence of Islamist movements -- from full incorporation to total exclusion -- and the effects that these state strategies seem to have on the evolution of these groups. Finally, we will consider the role that Islamists can play in governance – both as an alternative to the state and as elected officials.
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