American University of London


Islam and the West – History, Politics & Conflict

Course IDCourse NameFaculty
01ISLAMIslam and the West – History, Politics & ConflictHumanities

Introduction

Unlike Christianity which was born in the highly organised Roman Empire, Islam’s roots and beginnings lie in the desert of Arabia. While Christianity started life as a “religion”, devoted to the relationship between man and God, Islam was born as both a din (a religion) and a dawla (a state) in one.

Its roots were essentially political and its growth was carried out by warfare. In the process of its expansion, politics was a more effective tool than religion. There would be no Islam today if it were a religion only. Historians and political scientists agree that Islamic politics is what brought Islam success, not its religion dimension.

This course will demonstrate that the study of Islam is a study in Political Science and not in Theology.

Course Routes Offered

Qualification Route
BA BY DIRECTED COURSEWORK STUDY
MA BY DIRECTED COURSEWORK STUDY
PhD BY RESEARCH & DISSERTATION

Course Modules

Module Code Module Title
IS001 THE ARABIAN PENINSULA BEFORE MOHAMMED
IS002 THE RISE OF MOHAMMED
IS003 THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NUCLEAR ISLAMIC STATE IN MEDINA
IS004 THE EXPANSION OF ISLAM THROUGH WARFARE
IS005 CONCEPT OF KAFFIR IN ISLAM
IS006 CONCEPT OF JIHAD IN ISLAM
IS007 ISLAM’S RELATIONSHIP WITH NON-MUSLIMS (ISLAM AND DHIMMITUDE)
IS008 ISLAMIC TERROR IN THE 21st CENTURY
IS009 CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS
IS010 CONTAINMENT OR ENGAGEMENT?
IS011 FUTURE OF ISLAMIC EUROPEAN RELATIONS

Course Supervisor

Professor Michael Nimier, MA, PhD (Lond)

Author of the recently published Nation Building in Islamic Societies