Based on your readings and class discussions compare and contrast Shia and Sunni versions of Islamism.

Assignment Question

Essay Question: Based on your readings and class discussions compare and contrast Shia and Sunni versions of Islamism.

How they differed in their historical contexts, assumptions and outcomes. In particular (but not exclusively) address the differences and similarities between Mawdudi and Khomeini’s conceptions and methods. Your responses should capture arguments from your readings and lectures. You should explain broad ideas and trends but also refer to facts, dates, and people when relevant to support your arguments.

Please limit your answer to 7-9 double-spaced pages. The final essay will assess your knowledge of course material; readings, lectures, and synchronous sessions. It will ask you to describe and analyze broad themes that have been covered in the course. ****** Please read and use the book “Shia Revival” as main source – https://www.cfr.org/book/shia-revival Information about the class:

The rise of Islamism and the role Islam has played in politics constitutes one of the most important and consequential developments of our time. In recent decades Islamic ideas have become embedded in society, economics and politics of large numbers of Muslim countries in Asia and Africa but have also became part of domestic politics in the West, China, India and Russia. Since 9/11 Islamic activism has also been integral to discussion of international security, deeply influencing ebbs and flows of global conflict.

It has dominated news and foreign policy thinking from one major global event to another over the past four decades. In the process it has posed significant foreign policy challenges, but also raised important questions for historians and political scientists.

This course will explain the origins and development of this important historical phenomenon. It will examine how and why Islam has become so politically influential, trace the origins and development of core ideas of Islamism, and how it has shaped global politics in recent decades. The course will examine the life and works of key thinkers and leaders and discuss those events that have defined Islam’s role in politics such as the Iranian Revolution, the Afghan Jihad, and the rise of Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

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