Islam and Politics

Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Islam and Politics

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Political Science, Religion

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course analyzes the politics of the Muslim world by tracing the historical origins of Islamic religious doctrine and the spread of the practice of Islam in different cultural contexts from South, central and South-East Asia to the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The course will introduce students to basic Islamic doctrines, the differences between Sunni and Shi'a traditions, Sufi mysticism, and Islamic fundamentalism, and will examine the interplay between religion, politics, and international relations. In the course, students will explore the different forms of political institutions that govern Muslim societies, and will analyze the implications of class, race, gender, and modernism on these societies. In particular, students will learn about at the political and social identity of Muslims in Italy through guest speakers from the Muslim community in Florence and through their own student presentations.

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