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ASPO 1385A - Arab Modern Political Thought from the Nahda to the Naksa

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course is a journey throughout Arab Modern Political Thought, starting from the end of the 18th century and until the post-1967 War period, with a special stress on the aspects of modernity within the Arab intellectual production. The main goal of the course is to study aspects of modernization of political, social and religious thought, through studying a very rich production that goes from the description of Napoleon Bonaparte's expedition to Egypt to the essays produced during the contemporary era to criticize the Arab Reason or the Islamic Reason. Our point is not to cover this production as a whole, but to analyze the most important concepts through encounters with the most famous authors and the writings/discourses they left. How did Arabs approach political modernity, what did Islam become in the discourse of the most influent thinkers of the era, what were the most important issues that were tackled between the end of the XVIIIth century and until the 1980s/1990s?


AZAB, Lamiss (Professor)

Course validation

- Cours Magistral : 1 mémoire final, comptant pour 1/3 de la note finale ; - Conférence de méthode : 1 contrôle continu sur la base de trois notes, comptant pour les 2/3 de la note finale : Participation = 10% ; Fiche de lecture = 45% ; Commentaire de texte (oral en classe) = 45%.

Required reading

  • ARKOUN, La pensée arabe (Que sais-je?), PUF, Paris, 1975
  • HOURANI, Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, 1798-1939, Cambridge University Press, 1983, 2012 edition

Additional required reading

Excepts from the texts we will focus on will be uploaded on the Drive and shared with students.

Senior lecturers

  • ABOU SALEH, Hussein (Doctorant)
  • HARGAL, Salma (Doctorante)