Barcelona, Spain

Islam and politics in MENA: ideology, activism and change

online course
when 21 June 2021 - 22 June 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 165

This course examines the interaction between Islam and politics from different perspectives and disciplines, engaging with the key debates about the nature, evolution and future of political Islam. Students will be introduced to various approaches to the study of Islam and politics and to the diversity and complexity of a multi-faceted phenomenon that has been central to the socio-political life of the MENA region. The role of Islam regarding the state, political ideology, popular activism and political violence will be analysed in the framework of contemporary challenges. Therefore, major strands of islamist movements, their historical background, similarities and differences and likely future directions will be addressed. Democracy, gender equality, religious freedom, rule of law, governance and freedom of expression will be cross-cutting axis of analysis that will help students connect the various phenomena that intersect in a region amid change. Attention will also be paid to violent extremist movements within the islamist sphere and particularly how they construct their narratives in relation to both domestic and international politics. Drivers, push/pull factors, global, state and civil society responses will be analysed in this session in order to explore prospects and scenarios for jihadi movements in the Middle East and North Africa. This course will strengthen students’ knowledge and analytical tools to understand the diverse ways in which Islam has operated in the political scenario of the region.

Course leader

Lurdes Vidal (IEMED-IBEI)

Target group

The IBEI Summer School in Global Politics, Development and Security is a program designed for graduate students and all those who have an interest in advanced knowledge of international security, international development and global politics issues. The objective is to offer different short courses on significant topics, taught by scholars and experts of international prestige. The School will enable participants to broadly discuss current developments in world politics in the light of core social-science and IR theories and perspectives. The format will be online or hybrid (face to face and online). Optionally, students may ask for an assessment in order to be able to obtain ECTS credits, provided they are recognized by their university.

Course aim

This course examines the interaction between Islam and politics from different perspectives and disciplines, engaging with the key debates about the nature, evolution and future of political Islam. Students will be introduced to various approaches to the study of Islam and politics and to the diversity and complexity of a multi-faceted phenomenon that has been central to the socio-political life of the MENA region. The role of Islam regarding the state, political ideology, popular activism and political violence will be analysed in the framework of contemporary challenges. Therefore, major strands of islamist movements, their historical background, similarities and differences and likely future directions will be addressed. Democracy, gender equality, religious freedom, rule of law, governance and freedom of expression will be cross-cutting axis of analysis that will help students connect the various phenomena that intersect in a region amid change. Attention will also be paid to violent extremist movements within the islamist sphere and particularly how they construct their narratives in relation to both domestic and international politics. Drivers, push/pull factors, global, state and civil society responses will be analysed in this session in order to explore prospects and scenarios for jihadi movements in the Middle East and North Africa. This course will strengthen students’ knowledge and analytical tools to understand the diverse ways in which Islam has operated in the political scenario of the region.

Credits info

1 EC
Participants have the opportunity to gain ECTS credits if they are recognized by their universities.

6 hour course: 1 credit = Complete the course + daily assignments / project work

Fee info

EUR 165: Fee for Students. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 9 June 2021
EUR 250: Fee for Professionals/Researchers. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 9 June 2021

Scholarships

A number of scholarships to cover full or half course fees will be available. In addition to the application requirements, to apply for a scholarship, interested persons must send until 20th May 2021, a letter of interest and a recommendation letter