Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2160: Islamist Movements: From the Muslim Brothers to Al-Qa'ida

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Claire Beaugrand (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


This module provides an introduction to the study of major Islamist movements in the Middle East and Central Asia. You will be introduced to Ikhwanism, and the story of the Muslim Brothers as manifested in movements in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The module will cover in detail the behaviour of these movements, their ideologies, and promote comparison of their similarities and differences in a cross-regional setting. You will compare and contrast Takfirism against 'Tablighism' in Egypt, Algeria, and Pakistan. Other key topics will include Jihad (holy war), Shiite Islam and Secular Islam. Your studies will address the causes and the political consequences of the rise of Islamist movements in Muslim-majority states.

This module is suitable for specialist and non-specialist alike. No prior knowledge is required.

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