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53773-01 - Seminar: How to Understand "Islamism": The Relations of a Multi-Faceted Phenomenon to Social Change, Mobility and Political Conflict 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Manfred Sing (manfred.sing@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The course deals with:
- the problems of classifying and defining the relation between Islam and political ideas or movements: What is the meaning of “Islamism”, “Salafism”, “Fundamentalism”, and “political Islam”?
- different socio-political explanations of the phenomena that are subsumed under the category of “Islamism”.
- the main ideas, the diversity, and the actors of “Islamist” movements as well as the opponents of “Islamism”.
- the social and political background of some selected “Islamist” movements and their intellectuals.
- the transnational character of “Islamism” and its connection to mobility.
Lernziele The students
- learn about the importance and problems of scientific classifications.
- are encouraged to critically reflect on biases inherent in the uses of the term “Islamism” and in the narratives that are offered to explain “Islamism”.
- acquire an overview of the variety of movements subsumed under the category of “Islamism”.
- acquire the ability to view the socio-political conflicts behind “Islamism”.
- learn to take into account transnational contexts and mobility when trying to understand the phenomena that are subsumed under the category of “Islamism”.
Literatur The course material is provided by the instructor.
As an introduction, students can read:
Abu Lughod, Lila. 2002. Do Muslim Women Need Saving? American Anthropologist 104 (3): 783–790.
Mamdani, Mahmood. 2002. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Perspective on Culture and Terrorism. American Anthropologist 104 (3): 766–775.
Gould, Mark. 2014. Toward a Theory of “Islamist Movements.” Sociology of Islam 2 (1/2): 21–59.
Seidensticker, Tilman. 2014. Islamismus. Geschichte, Vordenker, Organisationen, München: Beck.
Bemerkungen The course begins with the two sessions on Friday, 22 February 2019 (14:15-17:45), and on Friday, 8 March 2019 (14:15-17:45). The two reaming dates for the block seminar on a Friday afternoon (14:15–17:45) and a following Saturday morning (9:30–13:30) take place in April and May and will be scheduled during the course. To facilitate the organization please indicate for each of the four available blocks (consisting of a Friday and a Saturday) the workshop dates that suit you best: https://doodle.com/poll/tptn8hai8wvtk5ma


Teilnahmebedingungen English speaking and writing skills
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall unregelmässig
Datum 22.02.2019 – 11.05.2019
Zeit Freitag, 14.15-17.45 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 119

Dates for the first 2 meetings:
Fri, 22. Feb. 2019, 14:15-17:45
Fri, 8. March 2019, 14:15-17:45
2 further blocks each on Fri/Sat follow. The dates will be defined in the first meeting.

Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 22.02.2019 14.15-17.45 Uhr --, --
Freitag 08.03.2019 14.15-17.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 12.04.2019 14.15-17.45 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 119
Samstag 13.04.2019 09.30-13.30 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 119
Freitag 10.05.2019 14.15-17.45 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 119
Samstag 11.05.2019 09.30-13.30 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 119
Module Modul "Research Lab" Kulturanthropologie (Master Studienfach Kulturanthropologie)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Methoden der Near & Middle Eastern Studies (Master Studienfach Near & Middle Eastern Studies)
Modul: Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Politik und Geschichte der Region (Neuzeit und Gegenwart) (Master Studienfach Near & Middle Eastern Studies)
Modul: Religion, Ökonomie und Recht (Master Studienfach Religionswissenschaft)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Ungleichheit, Konflikt, Kultur (Master Studienfach Soziologie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Permanent participation is obligatory.
Oral and written contributions, as specified during the course.
Participation in group work.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften