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Unit Overview


This unit examines the role of Islam in the political process at state, regional and international levels. It looks at the main precepts of the Islamic religion, the notion of the Islamic state and its relationship to notions of democracy. In addition, the unit deals with the issue of Islamic revivalism in such countries as Algeria, India, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Given that a number of secular and non-Muslim states host a significant number of Muslims, the question is raised of the role of Islam in the relationship between Muslim immigrants and host states. From the perspective of the interaction between domestic and international politics, the unit examines the emergence of Islamic militancy and the linkages established between Islamic groups across state boundaries, and assesses their implications for state, regional and international stability.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Political Science and International Relations; International Cybersecurity; Human Rights; International Relations major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) critically evaluate relevant ideas, theories and concepts that seek to explain relationships between Islam and international politics.; (2) demonstrate knowledge of the defining concepts of Islam and the politically relevant differences of opinion within Islam on interpreting and manifesting basic Islamic concepts, and their impact on intra-state and interstate relations.; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the complexity and interrelatedness of the ideas prevalent in Muslim societies in a globalised world, and of implications for global peace and security; (4) creatively apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to independently and collaboratively address challenges, and crises arising out of diversity in Muslim communities.; (5) competently apply basic Political Science and International Relations methods and skills to designing and executing research on religion, culture and politics at different levels of analyses.; and (6) effectively communicate knowledge, ideas, analyses and arguments about Islam's role in world politics in different formats..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written work; (2) tutorial participation and assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Samina Yasmeen
Unit rules
12 points of Social Sciences and/or Humanities study at level 2
POLS2224 Islam and World Politics
Advisable prior study
Students are advised to have studies other units of the major
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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