Studying
Religion in
Culture


REL 372.001
Religion, Politics, and Culture of the Middle East

Crystal Mosque in Terengganu, Malaysia

Professor
Dr. Steven L. Jacobs
sjacobs@bama.ua.edu

Office: 201 Manly Hall
Office Phone: 348-0473
Office Hour:
TR 9:30-10:30 (by appt.) & 12:30-1:30 (open door)
Course: TR 2:00-3:15
Location: 210 Manly Hall

 

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Description

Whereas religion has, in places, seemingly declined as a political force, religious factors are dominant in personal behavior and political activity in the Middle East. For example, some commentators ask whether Islamic countries are a "state of Muslims" or a "Muslim state." As such, these countries seem faced with a difficultdecision: Do they attempt to balance a particular view of modernity with their own traditions or do they return to what some perceive as a lost theological/religious-political ideal?


Syllabus

Spring 2017 (PDF)


Books (required)

Sorenson, David
An Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Westview Press, 2013
ISBN: 0813349222

Lee, Robert D.
Religion & Politics In The Middle East
Westview Press, 2010
ISBN: 0813344204

McCants, William
The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State
Picador, 2016
ISBN: 1250112648