"Hamas & "Islamic Jihad"" - Research Seminar
- Elie Rekhess - 847/467-3896 - Harris Hall Room 223
- McMillen Crowe Hall 4-138 - TuTh 9:30AM - 10:50AM
- The first part of the seminar consists of introductory sessions dealing with the major historical concepts of political Islam (the Umma, religion and state, the lslamic response to the challenge of the West - 19th C.) It discusses the Modernist Trend (Salafiyya), the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism and Islamic Revivalism in the Middle East in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The seminar discusses the historical background to the rise of political Islam within the Palestinian society, reviewing three periods: Mandatory Palestine (1920s - 1940s), the West Bank and Gaza under Jordan and Egypt's rule (1948-1967), and Israel since 1967.
The central part of the seminar focuses in more detail on Hamas, "Islamic Jihad," and the Islamic Movement in Israel. It analyses the causes for the rise of revivalist Islam in the territories and in Israel since the 1970s. It deals with the ideology and political platform of Hamas as outlined in its "Charter" (the Islamicization of the Israel-Arab conflict, the Islamicization of the Palestinian nation identity). We will examine the doctrinal and practical principle of Jihad and the idea of martyrdom in Islam (Istishad). A special emphasis will be laid on suicide bombing from a doctrinal and practical point of view. The seminar examines the political participation of Hamas (Municipal, Legislative Council elections - 2006) and its relationship with the PLO.
Finally the seminar reviews the rise of the Islamic Movement in Israel, its particular characteristics, the political divide of the movement (1996) and its role as a social, economic and cultural agent of change in the life of the Arab minority in Israel.
- Students should enroll in either 392 or 395 depending upon which evaluation criteria should apply.
For the 392: Midterm and final papers - an 8-page essay
For the 395: A 15-20-page research paper
- AREA OF CONCENTRATION: Asia/Middle East
No P/N option (ANC grading only).
Attendance at first class is mandatory (applicable to enrolled, waitlisted and all potential students).
No freshman enrollment in 395
- Attendance at 1st class mandatory
No P/N option for this section
- Enrollment Requirements: Freshmen may not register for this course.
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