School of History

HST7326 - ISLAM IS THE SOLUTION? THE HISTORY OF MODERN ISLAMISM

The rise of modern Islamism as a global phenomenon.

Module code: HST7326

Credits: 30

Islamist movements enjoy a popular constituency in various Middle Eastern and Asian countries. An array of groups and parties can be bracketed under this umbrella: the Muslim Brotherhood, the AKP in Turkey, Hamas, the Jammat-e Islami, the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

We will be asking what it is that contemporary Islamists hope to achieve, and how these very different entities propose to achieve it. You will focus on the ideological contours of the Islamist creed from founding thinkers such as Hasan al-Banna, Maulana Mawdudi and Sayyid Qutb, through to their modern-day successors such as Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Rashid al-Ghannouchi.

You will examine the evolution of this multi-faceted movement: the debates over how far Islamists should accommodate themselves to democratic norms; the question over the legitimacy of violence; and the dialectical relationship between the Islamists and notions of western modernity.