SMNR: Islamic Law and Political Violence

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WED 3:00 - 6:00 pm MEZ 2.124

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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 would then show how these juristic discourses are no longer part of the normative categories of contemporary Muslim societies. The seminar would shift attention to the rise of Islamism as a response to the failure of the nationalist projects of the post-colonial era in Muslim majority countries. The seminar would address specific case studies of Islamist political violence in local and global contexts. Some of central questions that we would examine throughout the course include: How does violence differ from other types of political action? What are the reasons of Islamist political violence?

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law *
Khaled Abou El Fadl
Cambridge ​University Press, , edition: 2001
ISBN: 978-0521793117
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
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
Islam and Colonialism *
Rudolph Peters
De Gruyter Mouton , edition: 2014
ISBN: 978-9027933478
A Fundamental Fear: Eurocentrism and the Emergence of ​Islamism *
Bobby Sayyid
Zed Books , edition: 2004
ISBN: 978-1842771976
Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity *
Faisal Devji
Cornell ​University Press , edition: 2005
ISBN: 978-0801444371


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