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  1. Key Books 4 items
    Students are strongly recommended to read these book by the end of the module.
    1. Islam and modernity: key issues and debates - Muhammad Khalid Masud, Armando Salvatore, Martin van Bruinessen, ebrary, Inc 2009 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential

    2. Orientalism - Edward W. Said 2003

      Book 

    3. Covering Islam: how the media and the experts determine how we see the rest of the world - Edward W. Said 1997

      Book Essential Students are strongly recommended to read the whole book

    4. Culture and imperialism - Edward W. Said 1994

      Book Further reading

  2. Seminars 45 items
    1. 1. Islam and International Relations 4 items
    2. 2. Islam and the West 3 items
      1. Culture and imperialism - Edward W. Said 1994

        Book Essential students are strongly recommended to read the whole book and Chapters 1 & 2 in particular

    3. 3. Modernity and Eurocentric history 5 items
      1. The Eastern origins of Western civilisation - John M. Hobson, ebrary, Inc 2004 (electronic resource)

        Chapter Essential

      2. Modernity and its discontents

        Chapter Essential

    4. 4. Alternative Modernities 4 items
      1. Multiple Modernities - S. N. Eisenstadt 2000

        Article Essential

      2. Entangled Modernities - Göran Therborn 2003-8-1

        Article Further reading

    5. 5. Islam, Identity and Culture 5 items
      1 March, Thursday (Presentation by Heather and Sam)
      1. The question of cultural identity

        Chapter Further reading

      2. East isn‘t East: The impending end of the age of Orientalism - Edward Said

        Article Further reading A longer version is published as an afterword to the 1995 edition of Orientalism

      3. Chapter 3: Resistance and Opposition

        Chapter Further reading

    6. 6. Orientalism Reconsidered 4 items
      15 March - no presentation (depending on updates of UCU strikes it might be cancelled)
      1. Contending visions of the Middle East: the history and politics of Orientalism - Zachary Lockman, ebrary, Inc 2004 (electronic resource)

        Chapter Essential Chapters 6 & 7

    7. 7. Islam and Women 5 items
      22 March presentation by Claire and Katherine
      1. Gender in the Middle East: Islam, State, Agency - Mounira M. Charrad 11/08/2011

        Article Further reading

      2. Race - femininity - representation

        Chapter Further reading

    8. 8. Islamic fundamentalism 5 items
      19 April (presentation by Daren and Dane)
      1. Chapter 5 of The Islamic threat: myth or reality?

        Chapter Essential Chapter 5

      2. Chapter 3: Knowledge and Power

        Chapter Essential Whole book but Chapter 3 in particular

      3. Chapter 7: On the Path to War: Bin Laden and Others

        Chapter Further reading Chapters 7 & 8

    9. 9. Islamophobia and Neo-Orientalism 5 items
      26 April (presentation by Daniel & Declan)
    10. 10. Conclusion: Modernising Islam? 5 items
      3 May, Brainstorming - no presentations
      1. Orientalism Once More - Edward Said 11/2004

        Article Essential

      2. Reform and Rebirth in the Middle East - Alanoud Al Sharekh 04/2011

        Article Further reading

      3. The Growing Islamization of Europe - O Cherribi

        Chapter Further reading

  3. Recommended texts 6 items
    1. The colonial present: Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq - Derek Gregory 2004

      Book Further reading

    2. Contending visions of the Middle East: the history and politics of Orientalism - Zachary Lockman, ebrary, Inc 2004 (electronic resource)

      Book Further reading

    3. Globalised Islam: the search for a new Ummah - Olivier Roy 2004 (various printings)

      Book Further reading

    4. Covering Islam: how the media and the experts determine how we see the rest of the world - Edward W. Said 1997

      Book Further reading

    5. Power, politics and culture: interviews with Edward W. Said - Edward W. Said, Gauri Viswanathan 2005

      Book Further reading

  4. Further Suggested Texts 91 items
    1. Islam and Muslims 55 items
      1. Al Qaeda in its third decade: irreversible decline or imminent victory? - Brian Michael Jenkins, ebrary, Inc 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Further reading

      2. Al Qaeda and what it means to be modern - John Gray 2003

        Book Further reading

      3. Edges of empire: orientalism and visual culture - Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones, Mary Roberts 2005

        Book Further reading

      4. Edward Said: a critical introduction - Valerie Kennedy 2000

        Book Further reading

      5. Europe and the mystique of Islam - Maxime Rodinson 1988

        Book Further reading Part II

      6. Fields of blood: religion and the history of violence - Karen Armstrong 2015

        Book Further reading

      7. Formations of the secular: Christianity, Islam, modernity - Talal Asad 2003

        Book Further reading

      8. Genealogies of religion: discipline and reasons of power in Christianity and Islam - Talal Asad c1993

        Book Further reading

      9. Hallowed secularism: theory, belief, practice - Bruce Ledewitz 2009

        Book Further reading

      10. Islamist democracy: (re)visions of polity and society in the Arab Middle East - Larbi Sadiki 2002

        Book Further reading

      11. Islamic fundamentalism and modernity - W. Montgomery Watt 2005

        Book Further reading

      12. Islam and the West - Bernard Lewis, ebrary, Inc 1993 (electronic resource)

        Book Further reading Chapter 6

      13. Islam and Civil Society

        Chapter Further reading

      14. Islam observed: religious development in Morocco and Indonesia - Clifford Geertz 1971

        Book Further reading

      15. Islam in the modern world 2014

        Book Further reading

      16. Islam and the myth of confrontation: religion and politics in the Middle East - Fred Halliday 1996, c1995

        Book Further reading

      17. Islamist democracy: (re)visions of polity and society in the Arab Middle East - Larbi Sadiki 2002

        Book Further reading

      18. Islam and the political discourse of modernity - Armando Salvatore c1997

        Book Further reading

      19. Living Islam: from Samarkand to Stornoway - Akbar S. Ahmed 1995

        Book Further reading

      20. Muslim society - Ernest Gellner 1981

        Book Further reading

      21. Muslim Minorities in Europe - J Cesari

        Chapter Further reading

      22. Muslims and modernity: an introduction to the issues and debates - Clinton Bennett c2005

        Book Further reading

      23. Nation and religion in the Middle East - Fred Halliday 2000

        Book Further reading

      24. Orientalism - Ziauddin Sardar 1999

        Book Further reading

      25. Orientalism: history, theory, and the arts - John M. MacKenzie c1995

        Book Further reading

      26. Orientalism and After - A Ahmad

        Chapter Further reading

      27. Orientalism, postmodernism, and globalism - Bryan S. Turner, ebrary, Inc 1994 (electronic resource)

        Book Further reading

      28. Revolt against modernity: Muslim zealots and the west - Michael Youssef 1985

        Book Further reading

      29. Remaking Muslim politics: pluralism, contestation, democratization - Robert W. Hefner c2005

        Book Further reading

      30. Social theory and religion - James A. Beckford 2003

        Book Further reading

      31. Terror in the mind of God: the global rise of religious violence - Mark Juergensmeyer 2001

        Book Further reading Chapters 1, 4, 9, 11

      32. Turkey facing east: Islam, modernity and foreign policy - Ayla Göl 2013

        Book Further reading

      33. The Arab awakening: Islam and the new Middle East - Tariq Ramadan 2012

        Book Further reading

      34. The new Arab revolt - Council on Foreign Relations, ebrary, Inc c2011 (electronic resource)

        Book Further reading

      35. The clash of fundamentalisms: crusades, Jihads and modernity - Tariq Ali 2002

        Book Further reading

      36. The crisis of Islam: holy war and unholy terror - Bernard Lewis 2004

        Book Further reading Chapters 8 & 9

      37. The failure of political Islam - Olivier Roy 1994

        Book Further reading

      38. The forbidden modern: civilization and veiling - Nilüfer Göle 1997

        Book Further reading

      39. The Shariʻa state: Arab Spring and democratization - Bassam Tibi 2013

        Book Further reading Introduction, Chapters 4-6

      40. The other Muslims: moderate and secular - Zeyno Baran 2010

        Book Further reading

      41. The New Orientalism and the Democracy Debate - Yahya Sadowski 1993

        Article Further reading

      42. The year of dreaming dangerously - Slavoj Žižek 2012

        Book Further reading Introduction, Chapter 6

      43. The position of women in Islam: a progressive view - Syed Mohammed Ali, NetLibrary, Inc c2004 (electronic resource)

        Book Further reading

      44. Two hours that shook the world: September 11, 2001 : causes and consequences - Fred Halliday 2002 (various printings)

        Book Further reading

      45. Towards a New Ecology of Middle Eastern Identities - Franck Salameh 03/2011

        Article Further reading

      46. What everyone needs to know about Islam - John L. Esposito, ebrary, Inc c2011 (electronic resource)

        Book Further reading

    2. IR and Postcolonial Theories 9 items
      1. The location of culture - Homi K. Bhabha 2004 (2008 printing)

        Book Further reading

      2. The Eurocentric conception of world politics: Western international theory, 1760-2010 - John M. Hobson 2012

        Book Further reading

      3. The Eastern origins of Western civilisation - John M. Hobson, ebrary, Inc 2004 (electronic resource)

        Book Further reading

      4. International relations and the problem of difference - Naeem Inayatullah, David L. Blaney 2012

        Book Further reading

      5. A critique of postcolonial reason: toward a history of the vanishing present - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak 1999

        Book Further reading

      6. Colonial discourse and post colonial theory: a reader - Laura Chrisman, Patrick Williams 1993 (various printings)

        Book Further reading

    3. Electronic Resources 27 items
      1. e-Books 15 items
        1. How do you know?: reading Ziauddin Sardar on Islam, science and cultural relations - Ziauddin Sardar, Ehsan Masood 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book Further reading

        2. Islam, Muslims, and America: understanding the basis of their conflict - Arshad Khan, ebrary, Inc c2003 (electronic resource)

          Book Further reading

        3. The position of women in Islam: a progressive view - Syed Mohammed Ali, NetLibrary, Inc c2004 (electronic resource)

          Book Further reading

        4. Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens - Lawrence Pintak

          Webpage Further reading

        5. Beyond primitivism: indigenous religious traditions and modernity - Jacob Obafòemi Kòehinde Olupòona, NetLibrary, Inc 2004 (electronic resource)

          Book Further reading

        6. Gender, modernity, and the popular press in inter-war Britain - Adrian Bingham, NetLibrary, Inc 2004 (electronic resource)

          Book Further reading

        7. Global Metaphors - Jo-anne Pemberton

          Webpage Further reading

        8. The Reform Of Time - Maureen Perkins

          Webpage Further reading

        9. Risk society: towards a new modernity - Ulrich Beck, NetLibrary, Inc 1992 (electronic resource)

          Book Further reading

        10. Democratization in the Middle East: experiences, struggles, challenges - Amin Saikal, Albrecht Schnabel, NetLibrary, Inc c2003 (electronic resource)

          Book Further reading

        11. Epic encounters: culture, media, and U.S. interests in the Middle East, 1945-2000 - Melani McAlister, NetLibrary, Inc c2001 (electronic resource)

          Book Further reading

      2. Journals 7 items
      3. Websites 5 items
        1. Websites are one of the primary sources of information, but students should never rely on websites alone for their arguments, especially in writing essays; always use them in conjunction with academic sources. Additionally, students should use reliable web-sources such as governmental – ministry of foreign affairs of each country, think-thanks, international organizations and well-known international media (the New York Times, BBC, the Guardian, Al-Jazeera English, Al-Monitor etc) web-sites.

  5. Book/Film Review List 36 items
    1. Students are expected to do some independent additional reading and they must choose at least ONE book from either readings from seminar topics or the list below depending on their knowledge and interest in fiction, art or history of Islam and the Middle East. They must write a 1,500 words short review of the book.

    2. Islam: a short history - Karen Armstrong 2002

      Book Further reading

    3. Muhammad: a Western attempt to understand Islam - Karen Armstrong 1991, 1992 printing

      Book Further reading

    4. No god but God: the origins, evolution, and future of Islam - Reza Aslan 2011

      Book Further reading

    5. Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali 2008

      Book Further reading

    6. The veiled kingdom - Carmen Bin Ladin 2011

      Book Further reading

    7. Engaging the Muslim world - Juan Ricardo Cole 2010

      Book Further reading

    8. Paradise beneath her feet: how women are transforming the Middle East - Isobel Coleman 2013

      Book Further reading

    9. Iran awakening: from prison to peace prize : one woman's struggle at the crossroads of history - Shīrīn ʻIbādī, Azadeh Moaveni 2007

      Book Further reading

    10. The hidden face of Eve: women in the Arab world - Nawāl Saʻdāwī, Sharīf Ḥatātah 1980

      Book Further reading

    11. The reluctant fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid 2008 (various printings)

      Book Further reading

    12. God is not great: how religion poisons everything - Christopher Hitchens 2008

      Book Further reading

    13. The kite runner - Khaled Hosseini 2011

      Book Further reading

    14. Science & Islam: a history - Ehsan Masood 2009

      Book Further reading

    15. Islam's fateful path: the critical choices facing modern Muslims - Zidane Mřiboute 2009

      Book Further reading

    16. Muslims at the Crossroads - Dr Siraj I Mufti 2011

      Book Further reading

    17. The messenger: the meanings of the life of Muhammad - Tariq Ramadan 2008

      Book Further reading

    18. What I believe - Tariq Ramadan 2009

      Book Further reading

    19. Being Muslim - Haroon Siddiqui 2010

      Book Further reading

    20. The God delusion - Richard Dawkins 2007

      Book Further reading

    21. The last moderate Muslim: a novel - Sam Wazan 2012

      Book Further reading

    22. The butterfly mosque: a young woman's journey to love and Islam - G. Willow Wilson 2010

      Book Further reading

    23. Exodus 1960

      Audio-visual document 

    24. The Message (1977) 26/9/2012

      Audio-visual document 

  6. General Reference Books 28 items
    1. The following books are for general reference in the history of the Middle East or the social theory of religion and politics if you want to broaden your perspective on the subject

    2. The Arab nation - Samir Amin 1978

      Book Further reading

    3. The Middle East 1983

      Book Further reading

    4. Political Islam: religion and politics in the Arab world - Nazih N. Ayubi 1991

      Book Further reading

    5. Social theory and religion - James A. Beckford 2003

      Book Further reading

    6. Political liberalization and democratization in the Arab world: v.1: Theoretical perspectives - Rex Brynen, Bahgat Korany, Paul Noble c1995-

      Book Further reading

    7. Political liberalization and democratization in the Arab world: v.1: Theoretical perspectives - Rex Brynen, Bahgat Korany, Paul Noble c1995-

      Book Further reading

    8. Islam, politics and social movements - Edmund Burke, Ira M. Lapidus 1988

      Book Further reading

    9. The modern Middle East: a sourcebook for history - Camron Michael Amin, Benjamin C. Fortna, Elizabeth Brown Frierson, ebrary, Inc 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book Further reading

    10. Modernizing Islam: religion in the public sphere in Europe and the Middle East - John L. Esposito, François Burgat 2003

      Book Further reading

    11. Postmodernism, reason and religion - Ernest Gellner, ebrary, Inc 1992 (electronic resource)

      Book Further reading

    12. The modern Middle East: a history - James L. Gelvin c2008

      Book Further reading

    13. The new A-Z of the Middle East - Alain Gresh, Alain Gresh, Dominique Vidal 2004

      Book Further reading

    14. Dictionary of the Middle East - Dilip Hiro 1996

      Book Further reading

    15. The venture of Islam: conscience and history in a world civilization - Marshall G. S. Hodgson 1974

      Book Further reading

    16. Government and politics of the contemporary Middle East: continuity and change - Tareq Y. Ismael, Jacqueline S. Ismael, Shereen T. Ismael, Glenn E. Perry 2011

      Book Further reading

    17. Religion and politics in comparative perspective: the one, the few, and the many - Ted G. Jelen, Clyde Wilcox 2002

      Book Further reading

    18. Faith and power: religion and politics in the Middle East - Bernard Lewis, ebrary, Inc 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Further reading

    19. From Babel to dragomans: interpreting the Middle East - Bernard Lewis, ebrary, Inc 2004 (electronic resource)

      Book Further reading

    20. Contemporary politics in the Middle East - Beverley Milton-Edwards 2000 (2005 printing)

      Book Further reading

    21. Islam in the world - Malise Ruthven c2006

      Book Further reading

    22. Religion and political development, an analytic study - Donald Eugene Smith 1970

      Book Further reading

    23. Religion and political modernization 1974

      Book Further reading

    24. Islamic fundamentalism and modernity - W. Montgomery Watt 2005

      Book Further reading

    25. Religion in modern times: an interpretive anthology - Linda Woodhead, Paul Heelas 2000

      Book Further reading

    26. The Near East since the First World War: a history to 1995 - Malcolm Yapp 1996

      Book Further reading

  7. Empirical studies 39 items
    1. This is optional and interested students can include the study of a country of their own choice. If you decide to have a case study you will be expected to develop an in-depth knowledge of your case-country's engagement with Western modernity, gathering data about the historical and contemporary issues as you progress in the module. This is an independent piece of research but will be theoretically informed by the content of the module. You particularly encouraged to take responsibility to ‗lead research' based on academic and web-based sources and this independent research have to reflect both an understanding of theories of Islam and Western modernity and, more importantly, the application of this theoretical knowledge to the empirical analysis of the chosen case-studies. Students are expected to develop a critically articulated discourse of Islam and modernity in the context of a country study at the end of the module.

    2. Afghanistan 6 items
      1. Reaping the whirlwind: the Taliban movement in Afghanistan - Michael Griffin 2001

        Book Further reading Read at least 2 chapters

      2. Taliban: militant Islam, oil, and fundamentalism in Central Asia - Ahmed Rashid 2000

        Book Further reading

      3. Saving Afghanistan - Barnett R. Rubin 2007

        Article Further reading

    3. Iran 9 items
      1. Revolutionary Iran: a history of the Islamic Republic - Michael Axworthy 2014

        Book Further reading Intro, Chaps 3, 5, 6, 7

      2. Days of God: the revolution in Iran and its consequences - James Buchan 2013

        Book Further reading

      3. After Khomeini: the Iranian Second Republic - Anoushiravan Ehteshami 1995

        Book Further reading Chapters. 1,2,9

      4. The Iranian revolution: its global impact - John L. Esposito, Middle East Institute (Washington, D.C.), Johns Hopkins University, Royal Institute of International Affairs c1990

        Book Further reading Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 16

      5. Iran, dictatorship and development - Fred Halliday 1979

        Book Further reading Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4

      6. Khumanyni‘s Islam in Iran‘s foreign policy - R K Ramazani

        Chapter Further reading

    4. Saudi Arabia 9 items
      1. Women in Saudi Arabia: ideology and behavior among the elite - Soraya Altorki 1986

        Book Further reading

      2. The veiled kingdom - Carmen Bin Ladin 2011

        Book Further reading

      3. Ideological Politics in Saudi Arabia

        Chapter Further reading

      4. Demands for Reforms in Saudi Arabia - Nimrod Raphaeli 07/2005

        Article Further reading

      5. The failure of political Islam - Olivier Roy 1994

        Book Further reading Chapters 10 & 11

      6. Political Powers and the Saudi State - Ghassan Salame

        Chapter Further reading

      7. Wahabi Ulama and the Saudi State: 1745 to the Present - Guido Steinberg

        Chapter Further reading

    5. Turkey 14 items
      1. Turkey: the quest for identity - Feroz Ahmad c2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Further reading

      2. Nation and religion in the Middle East - Fred Halliday 2000

        Book Further reading Chapter 10

      3. Government and politics of the contemporary Middle East: continuity and change - Tareq Y. Ismael, Jacqueline S. Ismael, Shereen T. Ismael, Glenn E. Perry 2011

        Book Further reading Chapter 4: The Republic of Turkey

      4. Muslim Democrats in Turkey? - Gareth Jenkins

        Article Further reading

      5. Turkey at the crossroads: Ottoman legacies and a greater Middle East - Dietrich Jung, Wolfango Piccoli 2001

        Book Further reading

      6. Turkey Rediscovers the Middle East - F. Stephen Larrabee 2007

        Article Further reading

      7. Religion and Secularism in Turkey - Serif Mardin

        Chapter Further reading

      8. Turkey's European future: behind the scenes of America's influence on EU-Turkey relations - Nathalie Tocci 2011

        Book Further reading Chapters 1 & 2