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Anno accademico 2020/2021

Codice attività didattica
Corso di studio
Corso di laurea magistrale in Scienze internazionali (Classe LM-52)
1° anno
SSD attività didattica
SPS/08 - sociologia dei processi culturali e comunicativi
Tipologia esame
Tipologia unità didattica

Sommario del corso



Accesso ai materiali didattici e delle comunicazioni relative agli insegnamenti 2020-2021 Cancellazione iscritti ai corsi sulla piattaforma del Dipartimento

Obiettivi formativi

The course  aims to:

- Introduce students to a general understanding of Islamism, its birth, its definitions, its basic theories and its transformations.

- Make students aware of the complexity and plurality of Islamism.

- Provide students with the analytical tools required to analyse critically the  theoretical and methodological approaches employed to study Islamism.


Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

- Have a solid knowledge of Islamism, its birth, its definitions, its basic theories and transformations

- Analyze Islamism in its plurality

- Develop critical thinking vis-à-vis the existing literature on Islamism(s).



Lecture 1       2 March 2020 – Introduction to the course
Lecture 2       3 March 2020 – The formation of the Modern Middle East: State borders, between Islam and Pan-Arabism
Lecture 3       4 March 2020 –Authoritarianism, Democracy and Islam
Lecture 4       9 March 2020 – What is Political Islam: democracy in Islamic thought
Lecture 5       10 March 2020 – Early Islamism
Lecture 6       11 March 2020 – Sayyid Qutb and the radicalism of Political Islam
Lecture 7       16 March 2020 – The Arab Spring
Lecture 8       17 March 2020 – The Muslim Brotherhood: from violence to democracy?
Lecture 9       18 March 2020 – Sectarianism in the Middle East and North Africa 
Lecture 10     23 March 2020 – Islamism in the Shiia tradition 
Lecture 11     24 March 2020 – The Sunni-Shia Divide? Iraq vs Iran
Lecture 12     25 March 2020 – Lebanon: sectarianism as a State system
Lecture 13     30 March 2020 – The Salafists and the Palestinian network in Lebanon
Lecture 14     31 March 2020 – Hizbullah and the transformation of the Lebanese State
Lecture 15     1 April 2020 – Sectarianism in the Gulf
Lecture 16     27 April 2020 – The Palestinian political system
Lecture 17     28 April 2020 – The Islamic Jihad
Lecture 18     29 April 2020 – Hamas: between religion and national liberation
Lecture 19     4 May 2020 – The Iraqi quagmire
Lecture 20     5 May 2020 – The Syrian civil war
Lecture 21     6 May 2020 – The complexity of contemporary Salafism
Lecture 22     11 May 2020  – Salafism and the Arab Spring: from quietism to party politics 
Lecture 23     12 May 2020 – The rise of Jihadi Salafism
Lecture 24     13 May 2020 – The IS Caliphate

Lecture 25     18 May 2020 – ‘The Islamic State’ Vice News documentary

Lecture 26     19 May 2020 – Final thoughts

Modalità di insegnamento

The course adopts a lecture/seminar format. The lecturer will introduce the topic of the day and students are expected to contribute to class discussions. 


Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Students will be assessed on 1 research essay (50% of the final mark), on reading reports (25% of the final mark) and on a book report (25% of the final mark). The essay is due on Friday May 15th, 2020 and should be sent to me by e-mail. Students are encouraged to choose their own topic with previous agreement from the lecturer. The research essay will be no longer than 5000 words; it should be analytical and not descriptive. The essay must be the student's own work as plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism will be treated very seriously, and in order to avoid suspicion, students should reference their work correctly. The reading reports are to be hand-delivered in class (or by email before class) at every lecture. The readings marked with an asterisk are the ones you should do the report on. The report will be no longer than 500 words and it is the summary of the main points the author(s) wish to convey. The book report is due on Friday May 1st 2020 and should be sent to me by e-mail. Students will have to demonstrate that they have actually read the book and identify the main arguments the author(s) puts forth. In addition, students will have to highlight the strength and weaknesses of the arguments made in the book by employing specific examples and relying on other readings. The report will be no longer than 2,000 words. A list of books is provided on the last page of the course outline, but you can choose to write the report on a book of your choice with previous agreement from me. 


Testi consigliati e bibliografia

There is no manual for this course. All the readings are journal articles. the lecturer will suggest in class a number of manuals that can be useful as a reference for students who are completely unfamiliar with the politics of the region.




LIST OF BOOKS - Report due on May 1, 2020

Achcar, Gilbert (2013). The People Want. London: Saqi Books.


Ayubi, Nazih (1991). Political Islam. Religion and Politics in the Arab world. London: Routledge.

Bayat, Asef (2009). Life as Politics: How ordinary people change in the Middle East. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Beinin, Joel (2015). Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Stanford Briefs.

Bonnefoy, Laurent (2012). Salafism in Yemen. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Browers, Michaelle (2006). Democracy and Civil Society in Arab Political Thought: Transcultural Possibilities. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.


Brown, Nathan (2012). When victory is not an option. Islamist movements in Arab politics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


Bush, Sarah (2015), The Taming of Democracy Assistance, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Byman, Daniel (2015). Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Cavatorta, Francesco & Durac, Vincent (eds) (2015). Politics and Governance in the Middle East. London: Palgrave.


Cavatorta, Francesco & Merone, Fabio (eds) (2017). Salafism after the Arab Awakening. Contending with Peoples Power. Oxford: OUP.


Chalcraft, John (2016). Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Corboz, Elvire (2015). Guardians of Shi'ism: Sacred Authority and Transnational Family Networks. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


Dabashi, Hamid (2008). Islamic Liberation Theology. Resisting the Empire. London: Routledge.


Daher, Aurelie (2016). Hezbollah. Mobilisation and Power. London: Hurst & Co.


Daher, Joseph (2016). Hezbollah. The political economy of the party of God. Chicago: Chicago University Press.


Davidson, Christopher (2012). After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies. London: Hurst & Co.


Gray, Matthew (2013). Qatar: Politics and the Challenges of Development. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.


Haddad, Bassam (2011). Business networks in Syria: the political economy of authoritarian resilience. Stanford: Stanford University Press.


Hafez, Mohammad (2003). Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Muslim World, Boulder-Colorado: Lynn Rienner.


Hamid, Shadi (2014) Temptations of Power. Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a new Middle East, Oxford: Oxford University Press.  


Haynes, Jeffrey & Ben-Porta, Guy (eds) (2014). Religion, Secularism and Politics. A Mediterranean View. London: Routledge.


Herb, Michael (1999). All In The Family: Absolutism, Revolution and Democracy in the Middle Eastern Monarchies. Albany: State University of New York Press.


Hertog, Steffan (2011). Princes, Brokers and Bureaucrats: oil and the state in Saudi Arabia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


Kandil, Hazem (2014). Inside the Brotherhood. London: Polity Press.


Kubicek, Paul (2015) Political Islam and Democracy in the Muslim World, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.


Jamal, Amaney (2007). Barriers to Democracy: The Other Side of Social Capital in Palestine and the Arab World. Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Lefevre, Raphael (2013). Ashes of Hama. The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Lister, Charles (2016). The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Louer, Laurence (2012). Transnational Shia Politics. Religious and Political Networks in the Gulf. London: Hurst.


Mahmood, Saba (2004). Politics of Piety: Islamic revival and the feminist subject. Princeton: Princeton University Press.    


Masoud, Tarek (2014). Counting Islam. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Matthiesen, Toby (2013). Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring that wasnt. Stanford: Stanford University Press.


Matthiesen, Toby (2014). The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Menoret, Pascal (2005). The Saudi Enigma. London: Zed Books.


Mouline, Nabil (2014). The Clerics of Islam: Religious Authority and Political Power in Saudi Arabia. Yale University Press.


Ould Mohamedou, Mohammed-Mahmoud (2017). A Theory of ISIS. Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order, London: Pluto Press.


Owen, Roger (2012). The Rise And Fall Of Arab Presidents For Life. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.


Phillips, Christopher (2016). The Battle for Syria. International Rivalry in the New Middle East, New Haven: Yale University Press.


Pierret, Thomas (2013). Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Potter, Lawrence G. ed. (2014). Sectarian Politics in the Gulf. London: Hurst & Co.


Rabil, Robert (2011). Religion, National Identity, and Confessional Politics in Lebanon, London: Palgrave.


Rabil Robert (2014). Salafism in Lebanon. From Apoliticism to Transnational Jihadism. Washington: Georgetown University Press.


Rosefsky-Wickham, Carrie (2013) The Muslim Brotherhood. Evolution of an Islamist movement, Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Ross, Michael (2012). The oil curse: how petroleum wealth shapes the development of nations. Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Rougier, Bernard (2007). Everyday Jihad. The rise of militant Islam among Palestinians in Lebanon. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Rougier, Bernard. (2015). The Sunni Tragedy in the Middle East. Northern Lebanon from Al-Qaida to ISIS. Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Salloukh, Bassel et al. (2015). The Politics of Sectarianism in Postwar Lebanon. London: Pluto Press.


Selime, Zakia (2011). Between Feminism and Islam: Human rights and sharia law in Morocco. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


Shaery-Eisenlohr, Roschanak (2008), Shiite Lebanon. Transnational Religion and the making of national identities, Columbia: CUP.


Shehata, Dina (2010). Islamists and Secularists in Egypt. Opposition, conflict and cooperation. London : Routledge.


Storm, Lise (2013). Party politics and the prospects for democracy in North Africa. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.


Volpi Frederic (2010). Political Islam: A critical reader. London: Routledge.


Volpi Frederic (2010). Political Islam Observed: Disciplinary Perspectives. New York - Chichester: Columbia University Press.


Wagemakers, Joas (2016). Salafism in Jordan: political Islam in a quietist community. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Yom, Sean (2015), From resilience to revolution, New York: Columbia University Press.



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