Islamic/Democratic Political Thought

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Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Politics and International Studies

Module overview

This module provides a philosophical and empirical introduction to contemporary debates regarding the compatibility of Islam and democratic political thought and practice. It also encourages a critical re-examination of these debates through a discussion of Muslim scholarship (and practice) pertaining to the specification and interpretation of religious laws, the role of religious and political opposition, and the status of the individual in political and social life. These aspects are explored conceptually and through case studies from Asia and the Middle East.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • Evaluate and engage ongoing debates regarding Islam and democracy from a theoretical as well as an empirical standpoint
  • Write analytically – as students and future professionals – about an issue with considerable significance in the study of comparative politics, political philosophy, public policy and modern diplomacy.


  • 2-hour seminar per week

Method of assessment

  • Assignment 1: 25%
  • Assignment 2: 75%


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