Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3158: Armed Islamist Movements: Jihadism and Beyond

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Omar Ashour (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the complex relationships between Islamism and various types of political violence including insurgency and terrorism. The module covers the major Jihadist groups as well as other versions of armed Islamist movements in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Europe. It is an essential module for understanding armed Islamist movements’ behaviour, structures and ideologies. There are no prerequisites for the module. This module is suitable for both specialist and non-specialist There are no prerequisites. However, ARA 2160 (Islamist Movements: From the Brothers to al-Qaida) is relevant to this module, a useful introduction to large number of unarmed Islamist movements from several regions. This module is recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.

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