Islam and the State: Political Economy of Governance in the Middle East

POLSCI 761

Introduction to political history of Middle East from the advent of Islam to modern era. Examine institutions responsible for characteristics of political development in the region; consider selected cases relating to mechanisms of political development, including democratization; investigate religion's role in shaping the region's political trajectory; identify social forces, especially economic, driving contemporary rediscovery and reinterpretation of Islam's political organization and requirements, by both Islamists and secular political actors. 1 unit.