Islam and the State: Political Economy of Governance in the Middle East


Introduction to political history of Middle East. Four objectives: (1) become familiar with institutions responsible for political development in region, (2) examine transformations/cases of inertia to derive lessons about mechanisms that govern political development, including democratization, (3) investigate how religion shaped region’s political trajectory, (4) identify social forces, especially economic, driving contemporary reinterpretation of Islam's political organization and requirements, by both Islamists and secular political actors. Not open to students who have taken ECON326. Graduate students only. Instructor consent required. 3 units.