PG 320

Political Islam in Southeast Asia

This course introduces students to contemporary Muslim politics in Southeast Asia (especially in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore). In this thematic survey of Muslim politics in the post-World War II period (specifically focusing on events and trends since the beginning of the 1980's) some central topics of the course include Muslim electoral politics, the development of Muslim civil associations in the ongoing formation of civil society, the politicization of Islamic education, political violence and Muslim separatism, and regional responses to the "War on Terrorism." Although no knowledge of Muslim politics or Southeast Asian politics is necessarily required, as this is an upper-division seminar, students are required to work through challenging readings and develop comparative analyses designed to explore questions of political Islam in the region.