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IRLS360 - Global Politics of Islam

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS360 Course ID: 4184 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive survey of the politics of Islam in the global context (both within and across states). While a portion of the class will be dedicated to the Middle East, we will also focus on parts of the globe where Muslims form a significant minority, e.g., the U.S., Western Europe, Russia, and China. This is an interdisciplinary class, meaning that we will discuss religion, history, culture, and identity in addition to politics. We will explore the implications of past and present U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world and historical and current relations between Islam and the “West.” Additionally, we will address conflicts within Islam, transnational Islamist movements such as Hizb-ut Tahrir and Al Qaeda, and the role of pan-Arab media such as Al Jazeera. This is a reading-intensive course. Students will be expected to think critically, interpret texts, and formulate their own ideas in verbal and written form.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:

CO-1: Describe the origins of Islam.

CO-2: Explain Islam as a religious, social, and political entity.

CO-3: Explain the events that led to the Sunni-Shia split in Islam.

CO-4: Distinguish the Jurisprudential differences unique to modern-day Middle Eastern countries.

CO-5: Analyze the current geo-political complexities that could lead to future challenges in the Middles East.

Forum discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Midterm assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment, 3-5 pages per question, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Progress assignment - 25 percent

Specialized Exercise. 8-10 pages including research and analysis.

Final assignment – 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment, 3-5 pages per question, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussions 25.00 %
Week One 3.13 %
Week Two 3.13 %
Week Three 3.13 %
Week Four 3.13 %
Week Five 3.13 %
Week Six 3.13 %
Week Seven 3.13 %
Week Eight 3.13 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
  • Each Lesson has additional assigned readings that are located in the Lessons tab of the classroom.

  • Required video and audio files are located in the Lessons tab of the classroom.
Book Title:Fault Lines in Global Jihad: Organizational, Strategic, and Ideological Fissures - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780415586245
Author:Moghadam, Fishman
Unit Cost:$138.80
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #. You must be logged in to eCampus first to access the links.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Global Political Islam-E-book available in the APUS Online Library; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN:9780415326070
Author:Mandaville, Peter
Unit Cost:$47.59
Book Title:Understanding Al Qaeda: Transformation of War - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN:9780745325927
Publication Info:Pluto Press
Author:Mohamedou, Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould
Unit Cost:$14.80
Book Title:Understanding Jihad - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN:9780520244481
Publication Info:University of California Press
Author:Cook, David
Unit Cost:$28.80

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.