Politics, Islam, and Violence

Presenter: Iftekhar Hussain

This course will explore the historical development of statecraft in Muslim societies and how source text, textual interpretation and real-politick have influenced the course of that development. We will review a brief history of the Islamic State first before delving into the birth and development of Islamic Law. The decline of the practice of Islamic Law will be explored next; this will be followed by studying the rise of political Islam as a consequence. Finally, current experiments with constitutional reform will be investigated in their Sunni and Shi’i manifestations.

The length of this seminar is customizable upon request.

  • A Brief History of the Islamic State
  • The Birth and Decline of Islamic Law
  • The Rise of Islamism
  • Sunni vs. Shii experience with Constitutional Reform
  • Understanding the Rise of ISIS

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