SMNR: Islamic Law and Political Violence

This seminar examines theories and approaches to the study of political violence. It starts with a survey of the juristic discussions on legitimate and illegitimate violence. It shows how Muslim jurists, by the 11th century, had developed a sophisticated discourse on the proper limits on the conduct of warfare, political violence, and terrorism. This seminar then explores how these juristic discourses are no longer part of the normative categories of contemporary Muslim societies. The seminar shifts attention to the rise of Islamism and the failure of the nationalist projects of the post-colonial era in Muslim majority countries. It addresses specific case studies of Islamist political violence in local and global contexts. Some of the central questions that this seminar examines include: How does violence differ from other types of political action? What are the reasons for Islamist political violence? How do Muslim jurists theorize rebellion, revolution, and order?


Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Wednesday 3:00 - 6:00 pm JON 5.257
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Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed

Textbooks

  • Jihad and Islam in World War I: Studies on the Ottoman Jihad on the Centenary ​of Snouck Hurgronje's "Holy War Made in Germany - ed. Erik-Jan Zürcher
      Leiden University Press , edition: 2016
      ISBN: 978-9087282394   (required)
  • Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity - Faisal Devji
      Cornell ​University Press , edition: 2005
      ISBN: 978-0801444371   (required)
  • A Fundamental Fear: Eurocentrism and the Emergence of ​Islamism - Bobby Sayyid
      Zed Books , edition: 2004
      ISBN: 978-1842771976   (required)
  • Islam and Colonialism - Rudolph Peters
      De Gruyter Mouton , edition: 2014
      ISBN: 978-9027933478   (required)
  • The Islamic Law of War: Justifications and Regulations - Ahmed Al-Dawoody
      Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law , edition: 2011
      ISBN: 978-0-230-11808-9   (required)
  • Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law - Khaled Abou El Fadl
      Cambridge ​University Press, , edition: 2001
      ISBN: 978-0521793117   (required)