By the end of this course, students will be able to explain and discuss the history, philosophy, political and theological tenets across the modern Islamist movement, with special focus on those segments that have embraced violence. The student will also select at least one major Islamist thinker or founding ideologist for whom they will be able to demonstrate specialized knowledge and describe in detail the influence of that person in the larger context of violent Islamism.
Employ information literacy skills to enhance understanding of the reasoning, ideologies, and philosophies that have shaped Islamic modernism and fundamentalism.
Identify how radical Islamic movements justify violence and multiple ideological and political responses to that threat.
Understand the affect political exclusion and repression can have on Islamic fundamentalist movements.
Demonstrate the ability to effectively explain the reasoning and ideologies behind fundamentalist rejection of western philosophy and governance.
Explain how fundamentalist views on politics and the Islamic state impact policies for political engagement in the Muslim world.
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