EDS376 Religion, Politics and Islam
Showing course contents for the educational year 2022 - 2023 .
Course responsible: Stig Jarle Hansen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
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This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Even years, spring term
First time: Study year 2012-2013
What is Religion? What is Political Islam? How does Religion influence politics? Should religion influence politics? In the late 60s, the questions would probably been answered with a claim that religion was becoming irrelevant, but the Iranian Revolution, the role of the Catholic church in the Polish solidarity movement, the rise of Taliban, and September 11th as well as the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab spring, all put a question mark behind this assumption.
1. Students should gain a good understanding of the political aspects of religion
2. Students should be able to show how and why theories about religion have evolved over time
Lectures, class discussions
Lectures, Canvas, supervision
Syllabus will vary from lecture to lecture (see belov), a compendum will be made
1) Theoretical views on religion, and the secularization thesis
Peter L. Berger, The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion (Garden City:
Doubleday, 1967- New York: Anchor Press, 1990), 87.
Hansen, mesøy and Kardas (2010): The Borders of Islam: Exploring Samuel Huntingdon's Faultlines, from Al-Andalus to Virtual Ummah (hurst: Colombia university press), introduction
Thomas, S. M., 2010. Forthcoming. Survey of religion and international relations: the world ahead. Foreign Affairs, 89 (6).
Thomas, S. M., 2005. The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Oliver Roy (2010) holy ignorance (Hurst:London)
2) What is political Islam
Oliver Roy, Globalised Islam: The Search For a New Ummah, (London: C. Hurst. Co. Ltd, 2004).
Hansen, mesøy and Kardas (2010): The Borders of Islam: Exploring Samuel Huntingdon's Faultlines, from Al-Andalus to Virtual Ummah-#8221- (hurst: Colombia university press), introduction
Esposito, John, L. and Voll, John Obert, Islam and Democracy, New
York: Oxford University Press, 1996
Esposito, John, L. and Voll, John Obert, Makers of Contemporary
Islam, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2001
Bernard Lewis The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror (2003)
Thomas Hegghammer (2009) 'Jihadi Salafis or Revolutionaries: On Religion and Politics in the Study of Islamist Militancy', in R Meijer (ed), Global Salafism: Islam's New Religious Movement, (London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2009), pp. 244-266.
3) The Muslim Broterhood, early political Islam, and the Iranian revolution
Hansen, mesøy and Kardas (2010): The Borders of Islam: Exploring Samuel Huntingdon's Faultlines, from Al-Andalus to Virtual Ummah (Hurst: Colombia university press), regional introduction, middle east
Hansen - Mesøy (2009): The Muslim brotherhood at the wider horn of Africa, NIBR Report 2009:33.http://www.nibr.no/uploads/publications/06d76b6e0d14594c9a753c487ed50e51.pdf
Leiken. Robert S. Steven Brooke (2007), The Moderate Muslim
Brotherhood. Foreign Affairs. March/April 2007
Vidino, Lorenso (2005), The Muslim Brotherhood-#8217-s conquest of
Europe, Middle East Quarterly 12 (1)
Zollner, Barbara H.E., The Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al- Hudaibi and Ideology, Rutledge Oxon, 2009,2-3
Mitchell P. Richard, The Society of the Muslim Brothers (London-
Oxford University Press, 1969)
4) Iran, Hizbollah, Hamas, Taliban and Shebab
Hansen, mesøy and Kardas (2010): The Borders of Islam: Exploring Samuel Huntingdon's Faultlines, from Al-Andalus to Virtual Ummah- (hurst: Colombia university press), Libanon and Palestine chapters
Jeroen Gunning (2008) Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence, Colombia University Press
Saul Mishal and Avraham Selah (2000) The Palestinian Hamas new York, Colombia university press.
Hansen, mesøy and Kardas (2010): The Borders of Islam: Exploring Samuel Huntingdon's Faultlines, from Al-Andalus to Virtual Ummah (hurst: Colombia university press),Afghanistan and Somalia chapters
Antonio Giustozzi (2010):Decoding the new Taliban, insights from the Afghanistan field (Hurst/CUP)
5) Al Qaeda and affiliates
Giles Kepell, Jean- Pierre Mielli Al Qaeda in Its Own Words (2009), Harward university press
Bruce Hoffman, Osama bin Laden Still Matters Foreign Affairs May/june 2008
Mark Sageman (2008):Leaderless jihad Penysvania University Press
Books include the following:
Ways of War and Peace: Realism, Liberalism, and Socialism by Michael W. Doyle
Baylis, John, and Smith, Steve. (eds) The Globalization of World Politics: An
Introduction to International Relations. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Williams, Michael C. The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
A.G. Frank, 'The Development of Underdevelopment,' and 'Economic Dependence, Class Structure, and Underdevelopment Policy,' both in Cockcroft, Frank, and Johnson (ed.), Dependence and Underdevelopment, 1972, pp. 3-45 (on electronic reserve)-
Joel S. Migdal, 'Studying the State,' in Lichbach and Zuckerman (eds.), Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure
Termpaper (15 p) counts 40%, and final written exam, 2 hours, counts 60% of final grade
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Nominal workload 48 hours of lectures and seminars. In addition the students do extensive reading and individual studies, and write a term paper wich will amount to 202 hours. The total student working hours will be around 250 hours.
External examiner will evaluate term papers
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades