Crossroad in the Arab Countries: Authoritarianism, Spring, and Islamic State
Universidad Pompeu Fabra
Area of Study
International Affairs, International Politics, International Studies, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Multicultural Studies, Religion
Taught In English
Elementary knowledge of geopolitics in the Middle East
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse focus and approach: Analyzes the developments that led to the Arab-Muslim world to the current situation. Course description: The Islamic State or ISIS or Daesh is now the main threat in the Arab world. After 9-11, five events determines the evolution in the political landscape: the war in Afhganistan, the war in Iraq, the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the blockage in the IsraeliPalestinian crisis, and the consolidation of the Islamic State like a political and military reality. For the West, especially in Europe, the main consequences are the terrorism (security crisis) and the refugees (humanitarian crisis). Other questions are the relations between Western and the Arab and islamic governments, the management of the war in Syria from the West, and the crisis inside the Arab world (suna vs. chia, fundamentalism vs. liberalism, the status of woman, etc.). In this situation, the Russia?s intervention in Syria and the agreement with Iran promoted for the president Obama complete the field of the global crisis. The fronts of discussion and analysis will be: The link between authority and religion in the Arab-Muslim world. The division in the Muslim world. Arab states in the period 1990-2015. The development of the Arab Spring. Global terrorism (Al Qaeda) and the Islamic State (Daesh, the caliphate). The influence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The struggle for regional hegemony: the competition between Iran (Shiite) and Saudi Arabia (Sunni). Western crisis management. Learning objectives At the end of this course the students will be able to: · make a general description about the situation in the Arab-Muslim word. · link politics with historical evolution of Islam. · distinguish between political Islamism, Salafism and Jihadism. · explain the specific situation in four regions or political areas: Syria-Iraq, Libya, Gulf and Israel-Palestina.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.