PG 324

Sovereignty and Political Community in Muslim Politics

This course focuses on the tension between opposition and authority in Muslim politics. As contexts for understanding this tension, the course is divided into an introduction to theories of sovereignty in classical Islamic thought and an analysis of political community within contemporary politics including the themes of electoral politics, public debates over apostasy, politics surrounding the concept of an Islamic state. Although examples will be taken from across the Muslim world, readings will focus primarily on Muslim politics in Southeast Asia.