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Contemporary Issues in the Modern Muslim World (RS-676)
Summer 2004

The focus of this course is international, with particular attention being given to the Middle East, Indonesia, and Turkey.  During the course, students will have a good sense of the debates and controversies in the Muslim World.  

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Monday, June 7 – Friday, June 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’
Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and Co-Director, Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations


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Course Syllabus



This course deals with two major regions in the contemporary Muslim world: 1) South Asia, and 2) the Middle East. We will discuss the modern history of these regions, issues of Christian-Muslim relations (Hindu-Muslim Relations in the case of India), and the current religious and political environment in these countries.


REQUIRED READING

[BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE HARTFORD SEMINARY BOOKSTORE (860-509-9527). FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES, PLEASE CONTACT VALERIE VICK AT 860-509-9534 OR vvick@hartsem.edu]

BOOKS

1) Owen Bennett Jones, Pakistan: Eye of the Storm (Lahore: Vanguard Publishers or Yale University Press, 2003).

2)  John Cooley, Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America, and International Terrorism (London: Pluto Press, 2003). 3rd edition.

3)   Ibrahim Abu-Rabi‘, Contemporary Arab Thought: Studies in Post-1967 Arab Intellectual History (London: Pluto, 2004).

4)      Elias Chacour,  We Belong to the Land (Indiana: Notre Dame Press, 2002).

ARTICLES OR CHAPTERS

Prakash Chander, India and Pakistan: Unending Conflict (New Delhi: A.P.H. Publishing Company, 2003). [Excerpts]

Saadat Hasan Manto, “Toba Tek Singh;” “The Return;” “The Dutiful Daughter;” and “A Tale of 1947.” In Saadat Hasan Manto: A Wet Afternoon: Stories, Sketches and Reminiscences, tr. Khalid Hasan (Islamabad: Alhamra Publishing, 2001).

Hamza Alavi, “Pakistan and Islam: Ethnicity and Ideology.” State and Ideology in the Middle East and Pakistan. 48 pages.

Abbas Rashid, “Pakistan: The Ideological Dimension.” Islam, Politics and the State: The Pakistan Experience. Pp. 69-94.

From Religious Minorities in Pakistan: Struggle for Identity.

From The Christian Church in Pakistan: A Vision for the 21st Century.

From Muslim and Arab Perspectives

Aijaz Ahmad, Iran, Afghanistan and the Imperialism of Our Time (New Delhi: Left Word, 2004). [Excerpts] 

Michael Massing, “Now They Tell Us.” The New York Review of Books, February 26, 2004.

Ahmad Rashid, “The Mess In Afghanistan.” The New York Review of Books, February 12, 2004.


REQUIREMENTS:

5)      Each student is required to 

1) attend all sessions of the class; 
2) give one presentation, and 
3) write two analytical book reviews on the following books: Ibrahim Abu-Rabi‘, Contemporary Arab Thought: Studies in Post-1967 Arab Intellectual History (London: Pluto, 2004), and Elias Chacour,  We Belong to the Land (Indiana: Notre Dame Press, 2002).

 

FIRST DAY

Introduction to the course and modern history of India and Pakistan.

Please read Prakash Chander, India and Pakistan: Unending Conflict (New Delhi: A.P.H. Publishing Company, 2003). [Photocopy]

 

SECOND DAY

Reading material:

1)  Hamza Alavi, “Pakistan and Islam: Ethnicity and Ideology.” State and Ideology in the Middle East and Pakistan.

2)   Abbas Rashid, “Pakistan: The Ideological Dimension.” Islam, Politics and the State: The Pakistan Experience.

3)    Saadat Hasan Manto, “Toba Tek Singh;” “The Return;” “The Dutiful Daughter;” and “A Tale of 1947.” In Saadat Hasan Manto: A Wet Afternoon: Stories, Sketches and Reminiscences, tr. Khalid Hasan (Islamabad: Alhamra Publishing, 2001).

4)    Chapters one and two of Owen Bennett Jones, Pakistan: Eye of the Storm (Lahore: Vanguard Publishers or Yale University Press, 2003).

 

THIRD DAY

1)   Chapters three, six, seven, eight, and nine of Owen Bennett Jones, Pakistan: Eye of the Storm (Lahore: Vanguard Publishers or Yale University Press, 2003).

2)   From Religious Minorities in Pakistan: Struggle for Identity.

3)   From The Christian Church in Pakistan: A Vision for the 21st Century.


FOURTH DAY

1)   From Muslim and Arab Perspectives

2)   John Cooley, Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America, and International Terrorism (London: Pluto Press, 2003). 3rd edition.

3)   Ahmad Rashid, “The Mess In Afghanistan.” The New York Review of Books, February 12, 2004.
 

FIFTH DAY

1)   Chapters one, two, and thirteen of: Aijaz Ahmad, Iran, Afghanistan and the Imperialism of Our Time (New Delhi: Left Word, 2004). [Excerpts]

2)   Michael Massing, “Now They Tell Us.” The New York Review of Books, February 26, 2004.

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