POLS 259: Islam and World Politics

This is a new seminar (based on one I taught while at Georgetown University). In it, we will explore the various ways Islam intersects with international relations, examining how it does and does not matter in a variety of areas. The course is meant to familiarize students with the way scholars and policymakers approach and analyze this issue, so there will be a mix of academic discussion and application of scholarly work to current events; we will also have a few “policy debates” in which we formulate new policies on issues. The course covers general theories of religion and international relations, debates on the role of Islam in politics, specific case studies (including Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Indonesia and other countries), and transnational issues (such as Muslim minorities in the West, terrorism, and anti-Americanism). The students will also be presenting a group data analysis project and their final research papers.

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