Crystal Mosque in Terengganu, Malaysia

Steven L. Jacobs

Tuesday & Thursday, 12:45-1:45 & By Appointment

REL 371.001 Religion, Politics, and Culture of the Middle East

Whereas religion has, in places, seemingly declined as a political force, religious factors are dominant in personal behavior and political activity in the Middle East. For example, some commentators ask whether Islamic countries are a “state of Muslims” or a “Muslim state.” As such, these countries seem faced with a difficult decision: Do they attempt to balance a particular view of modernity with their own traditions or do they return to what some perceive as a lost theological/religious-political ideal?

T, R | 2:00-3:15 pm

MA 210

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Readings

Sorenson, David
An Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Westview Press, 2013
0813349222

Lee, Robert D.
Religion & Politics In The Middle East
Westview Press, 2010
0813344204

McCants, William
The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State
Picador, 2016
1250112648

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