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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Global Studies
Lecture Code ARS40801 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Middle East Politics and Islam I (中東政治とイスラーム I)
Subject Name
チュウトウセイジトイスラーム I
Subject Name in
Middle East Politics and Islam I
ミゾブチ マサキ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Fri9-10:IAS K204
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
lecture, sometimes with audiovisual educational materials 
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 02 : Political Science
Eligible Students the second-year students of IGS
Keywords Middle East Politics, Colonianism, State Formation, Nationalism, Oil  
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
This course, dealing with the early history and teachings of Islam and the establishment of the Middle East after the encounter with modern European powers, is related with the other courses of peace and communication, one of the three fields of IGS.  
Criterion referenced
Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding of the important characteristics and basic theoretical framework of individual academic disciplines.
・The knowledge and understanding to fully recognize the
mutual relations and their importance among individual
academic disciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability to summarize one's own research in reports or academic papers, deliver presentations at seminars or research meetings, and explain it in an easy way so that people in different cultures and areas of specialization understand. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course will focus on Middle East politics and Islam (especially Islam). This course provides an overview of basic Islamic beliefs and practices through an examination of Islamic history, law, and an array of theological orientations as articulated in the traditions of teachings of various traditions. The course also examines Islamic practices in the contemporary period and thereby exposes students to reflect on the realities of religious everyday life and religious change. The course aims to give the students the ability to critically analyze the impacts of Islamic beliefs and values on social and cultural practices, and the formation of institutions, communities and identities. The course also aims to challenge students to grasp the complex relationship between the discursive traditions of a major world religion as well as the ambiguities of some key terms of Muslim religious thinking. 
Class Schedule 1. Introduction: Islam, Arab, and the Middle East

2. “People of the Book,” ‘Aqida, and the Five Pillars of Islam (I)
3. “People of the Book,” ‘Aqida, and the Five Pillars of Islam (II)
4. “People of the Book,” ‘Aqida, and the Five Pillars of Islam (III)
5. “People of the Book,” ‘Aqida, and the Five Pillars of Islam (IV)
6. ‘Ulama’ and Shari‘a
7. Conclusion 
• Roger Owen, State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, 3rd ed. (London: Routledge, 2004).
• Eugene Rogan, The Arabs: A History, 2nd ed. (New York: Penguin, 2012).
• Beverley Milton-Edwards, Contemporary Politics in the Middle East, 4th ed. (New York: Polity, 2018).
• Peter Mandaville, Islam and Politics, 3rd ed. (London: Routledge, 2020). 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) handouts, DVD  
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
1. Let's rethink your preliminary knowledge and image of the Middle East and Islam.
2-3. Let's think relations between religious mission and persecution..
4-5. Let's understand the characteristics of Islam based on its basic teachings.
6-7. Let's understand the impacts brought by European powers to destory the reasonale system of Ottoman Empore and rule the Middle East.
8. Let's reconsider the changes in your way of thinking and image of the Middle East and Islam.

Requirements It is highly recommended that you take Middle East Politics and Islam II in the fourth term.  
Grading Method Class participation: 20%, Final Examination: 80% 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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