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OCMO 2035 - Islam and Politics in a Changing Middle East

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with the tools and knowledge necessary to make sense of the complex relationship between Islam and Politics in the contemporary Middle East. This will be done through an interdisciplinary approach, relying on political sociology, international relations as well as discourse analysis. A central focus of the course will be Islamist movements. Their birth and development will be examined, with the aim of explaining their impressive outreach, and yet the difficulties those movements have encountered in effectively implementing their political project. We will then reflect on the new strategies Islamist movements have adopted throughout the 1990s and 2000s, as well as their broader regional and global implications. We will conclude by examining the role Islamist movements have played in the recent “Arab revolutions” and in their aftermaths.


LACROIX, Stéphane J. (Associate Professor à Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

Seminar course.

Course validation

Regular attendance. Readings and participation in class discussion. When possible, the readings will be made available through Google Drive. A final research paper (15 pages). A one-paragraph description of proposed topic must be submitted to instructor before class n°4. A final take-home exam.


60 to 80 pages of required readings per week.