Islam as a Political Force

February 1, 2021

This curricular module guide introduces the religious and political components of political Islam in the contemporary Middle East and examines the historical development of Islam as a political ideology. The guide expands on the "Islam as a Political Force" virtual course module by assembling open-access sources and providing discussion questions on political Islam, Islam and democracy, Islam and gender politics, and Islam and foreign policy. 

These materials are designed to engage students with the following issues:

  • the politicization of Islam in Muslim-majority postcolonial nation-states 
  • emerging Muslim democracies and the compatibility of religion with democracy
  • the implications of secularization, democratization, and the politicization of Islam for women’s political, social, and economic rights

This guide is part of the Berkley Center's Religion and World Affairs Virtual Course Modules, a collection of curricular modules that draws on open-access articles and multimedia sources to support online learning in higher education.

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