The grade for this course consists of one written, 48 hours take-home, open-book book exam of maximum 2000 words excluding footnotes (70%) and class participation (30%). The exam is aimed to motivate a renewed engagement with the course material and to cement the retention of the material. Special emphasis will be given to the mastery of comparative approaches.
There are no formal prerequisites and no knowledge of Oriental languages is necessary. Jargon is generally avoided and necessary technical terminology will be explained in class.
Note that this course is accompanied by an online component which all students should actively participate in:https://www.coursera.org/learn/muslim-world
For those not familiar with the pedagogy behind blended learning please seehttps://www.brown.edu/academics/digital-teaching-learning/tags/type/topic-flipped-classroom
Formal basis for the exam is the literature provided in the syllabus. In addition, it is highly advantageous to be familiar with the content of the companion online course.
The syllabus clearly distinguishes between mandatory and voluntary additional readings; only the former are strictly necessary to pass this course (and do so well).
All literature will be in English and made electronically available.
The focus of our readings and discussions lies on the modern period after 1798 – Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign. We will look at the large body of classical writings on Islamic governance only in so far as they are necessary to understand the contemporary debate. The focus is on the legal and political developments of the 20th and 21st centuries.