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M.Phill :Political and Social Thought in the Contemporary Arab World

No. of Seats: 1
Programme/Course Fee: Please refer Prospectus of the current Session

Course Content:

Unit-I : Arab Nationalism

  • Different Theories of Nationalism & Arab Nationalism
  • Import by Christian Arabs
  • Evolution since late 19th century onwards
  • Notion of nation-state

Unit-II: Arab Nationalism and Pan-Arabism

  • Co-relation between Arab Nationalism and Pan Arabism
  • Bases of Pan Arabism (religion, language)
  • Racial element in the formation of Arab Identity
  • The debate over Pan-Arabism in 1960s & 1970s

Unit-III: Regionalism and Local Nationalism

  • Lesser appeal and uneven influence
  • Some prominent exponents
  • Cases of diversity (differences in political economy, nature of leadership etc.)

Unit-IV: Islamism as a Political Trend

  • All comprehensiveness as perceived by Islamists
  • Political Modernization in Islam
  • Recent trends and impact on society

Unit-V: Arab Socialism and Secularism

  • An examination of Arab Socialism and Secularism
  • Specific feature (e.g. rejection of class struggle, equitable distribution of wealth, no export of revolution to outside world etc.)
  • Perception about Islam


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