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Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic, French...
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Flexible deadlines

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Hours to complete

Approx. 36 hours to complete

Suggested: 8-12 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic, French...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Overview: Presenting the Course

This week, we try to give you an overview of the themes and principles that we will focus on during the course. We look at the current state of the countries in the region and present the role of religion, the challenge of modernity and the different responses to modernity, which we will revisit thematically during the next weeks. It is highly recommend to read my article "Contested Universalities of International Law. Islam’s Struggle with Modernity" in this week's readings to gain a better understanding of the argument put forward throughout the course....
Reading
7 videos (Total 113 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
1.2 Presenting the Region19m
1.3 Early Modern History12m
1.4 Unresolved Challenge of Modernity14m
1.5 Four Models of Adaptation27m
1.6 Indicators of Relative Failure18m
1.7 Role of Religion and Islamic Law12m
Reading1 reading
Readings Week 1: Presenting the Course10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
End of Week 1 Quiz20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey

This week, we look at Turkey and at the history of the Ottoman Empire, whose legacy continues to influence many countries in the region today. Turkey occupies a special place due to its explicit constitutional and social commitment to secularism and a self-conscious emulation of the Western model. Keep the four models of adaptation in mind while watching the lectures of this week as well as the next ones....
Reading
6 videos (Total 151 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
2.2 Ottoman History19m
2.3 Ottoman Reform: Tanzimat and Majallah34m
2.4 Creation of the Republic20m
2.5 Kemalism and its Problems27m
2.6 Westernisation and Islamism24m
Reading1 reading
Readings week 2: Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
End of Week 2 Quiz20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Egypt and Maghreb

This week concerns the region where the so-called "Arab Spring" originated: North Africa. We will focus especially on Egypt due to its historical importance, relative size and the impact its politics have had on other Arab and Muslim countries. Following the Secularism/Emulation model exemplified by Turkey last week, this region represents the second broad approach to modernity, namely Religious Modernism/Reform....
Reading
7 videos (Total 178 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
3.2 People, Places and Patterns Maghreb23m
3.3 Ottoman and Colonial History28m
3.4 Independence31m
3.5 Modernisation and Reform20m
3.6 Nasserism and its Problems26m
3.7 Westernisation and Islamism27m
Reading1 reading
Readings Week 3: Egypt and Maghreb10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
End of Week 3 Quiz20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Saudi Arabia & The Gulf

This week we will look at the Gulf Monarchies, especially at Saudi Arabia. The impact of essentially free oil income defines the social and governmental structure of this sub-region, so we will focus on the character of so-called rentier economies and their socio-political impact. These countries represent the third broad approach to modernity, namely Traditionalism, that is the notion that there is no need to change inherited socio-political structures....
Reading
7 videos (Total 177 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
4.2 Ottoman and Colonial History25m
4.3 Patrimonialism and Religion15m
4.4 Rentier Economies and Administration34m
4.5 Impact of Rents34m
4.6 Paradoxical Alliance25m
4.7 Unresolved Contradictions18m
Reading1 reading
Readings Week 4: Saudi Arabia and The Gulf10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
End of Week 4 Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By LPNov 22nd 2015

This course is really interesting and informative. It gave me a much better understanding for the history and politics behind some of the issues we are all facing today, and really broadened my mind.

By NPDec 28th 2015

The course was good. But the real situation has been changing drastically. A supplement or extension of course is required to cover the up to date situation about IS activities, syria Iraq etc.

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Dr. Ebrahim Afsah

Associate Professor
Faculty of Law

About University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest University in Denmark - founded in 1479, and with over 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees. The purpose of the University is to conduct research and provide education to the highest academic level. Based in Denmark's capital city it is one of the top research institutions in Europe. ...

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