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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2008

MES 323K • READINGS MOD ARAB & ISLAM TEXTS - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42559 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
ECJ 1.214
DI-CAPUA, Y

Course Description

The aim of this class is to engage directly with the writings of leading Middle Eastern Arab and Islamic intellectuals during the past 150 years. It designed for students with some previous background in Middle East Studies. Main topics for consideration will be: Jurisprudence, Rational Science, Theory of Knowledge, Political Theory, Style of Living, Women's Civil Rights, Social Liberalism and more. Through a close textual analysis of writers such as Jurji Zaydan, Muhammad Abduh, Taha Husayn, Sayyid Qutub (and more contemporary texts). We will examine multiple vernacular intellectual traditions such as Arab Liberalism, Islamic Modernism, Reformism, Salafism, and Radicalism.

Grading Policy

Class participation 20% Two short papers 25% Final Paper 35% Midterm exam 20%.

Texts

Texts: Albert Hourani, Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, 1798-1939 (Cambridge: Cambridge University, 1989 Press) Banna, Hasan, Five tracts of Hasan Al-Banna' (1906-1949 : a Selection from the Majmu'at rasa'il al-Imam al-shahid Hasan al-Banna' (Berkeley, 1978) Charles Kurzman, Modernist Islam 1840-1940: A Sourcebook (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002) Mansoor Moaddel, Kamran Talattof (eds.), An Anthology of Modernist and. Fundamentalist Thought (NY: Palgrave, 2002) Rifa'a Rafi' al-Tahtawi, A n Imam in Paris: Account of A Stay in France By an Egyptian Cleric, 1826-1831 (London: Saqi, 2004). Salama Musa, The Education of Salama Musa (Leiden, Brill, 1961). Smith, Charles, Islam and the Search for Social Order in modern Egypt : a biography of Muhammad Husayn Haykal (NY: Albany, 1983). Taha Hussein, The Days (Cairo: The American University of Cairo Press, 1997).

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