Week 1, January 27:
Self Introduction and Presentation of the Course. What Do We Mean with “Modern
Week 2, February 3:
Reactive Thought: the So Called Islamic Awakening or Revivalism and the Birth of Modern Islamic Thought.
Week 3, February 10:
Political Islam I: Islamic Reformism and Radicalism.
Week 4, February 17:
Political Islam II: The Society of the Muslim Brothers: Much More Than a Political Movement. History and Contemporary Developments.
Week 5, February 24:
Sayyid Qutb’s: Amrīkā Allatī Ra’aytu (America I have seen), Mere Polemic Something Deeper? The Road to the Current “War on Terror”.
Week 6, March 3:
Contemporary Persian Thought, Abdolkarim Soroush.
Guest Speaker, Prof. Farian Sabahi, University of Turin, Italy.
Week 7, March 10:
Arab and Muslim “Reason”?
Week 8, March 17:
Rethinking Tradition. Islamic Thought and the Challenges of Modernity.
Week 9, March 24:
‘Abdallāh Laroui, Hasan Hanafī and the Islamic Left or the Islamic Socialism.
Week 10, March 31:
Western Islam and the Way to a New Reformation, Tāriq Ramaḍān in Europe
and ‘Abdellāhi Ahmad an-Na’īm in the USA .
Week 11, April 7:
Reading Week/Spring Break, No class.
Week 12, April 14:
The Turkish Way, Kemalism, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi and Fethullah Gülen.
Week 13, April 21:
General Revision and Question Time.
Final Paper Due