REL 371.001

Religion, Politics, and Culture of the Middle East

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MA 210

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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?

Steven L. Jacobs

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

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

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

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