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Write a 4 (FOUR) weekly article reports (min 500 words max. 600 words each,excluding references), and Article reports NEED  & MUSTto engage with all required references that are mentioned below each week to write the topics, the author’s arguments, the author’s literature of reference and the empirics the author builds her/his arguments upon.


You should Focus on the big picture to identify the main arguments in the texts. Think about the logical coherence of the arguments. Compare and contrast the concepts and theories in the writing, and You are required to widely refer to the extant literature, you should write and reflecting upon quite a bit of literature.


Week 7 – Is ISIS a model for Islamists? The diversity of political Islam

** Kamran Bokhtari and Farid Senzai, Political Islam in the Age of democratization, Palgrave 2013 – chapter 2 (Understanding the complexity of political Islam), pp. 15-30.

**Özbudun, Ergun. “From political Islam to conservative democracy: the case of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey.” South european society & politics 11.3-4 (2006): 543-557.

Adaptation Strategies of Islamist Movements, POMEPS:

**Ozzano, Luca. “The many faces of the political god: a typology of religiously oriented parties.” Democratization 20.5 (2013): 807-830.

Farideh Farhi, ‘Religious Intellectuals, the “Woman Question,” and the Struggle for the Creation of a Democratic Public Sphere in Iran’, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2001.

Mona El-Ghobashy, ‘The metamorphosis of the Egyptian Muslim Brothers’, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2005.

Taniyici, Saban. “Transformation of Political Islam in Turkey Islamist Welfare Party’s Pro-EU Turn.” Party Politics 9.4 (2003): 463-483.

Charles Lister, Profiling Jabhat al-Nusra (Brookings Institution, 2016). Available online at: content/uploads/2016/07/iwr_20160728_profiling_nusra.pdf



Week 8 – Political Islam, electoral politics and gender. Guest Lecturer, Dr Erika Biagini

**Durac, Cavatorta, Politics and governance in the Middle East, Chapter 8 (Gender and Politics), pp. 188-211

**Biagini, Erika. “The Egyptian Muslim Sisterhood between Violence, Activism and Leadership.” Mediterranean Politics 22.1 (2017): 35-53.

**Janine Clark and Jillian Schwedler (2003) ‘Who opened the window? Women’s activism in Islamist parties’, Comparative Politics, 35: 3, pp. 293-312.

Roksana Bahramitash, ‘The War on Terror, Feminist Orientalism and Orientalist Feminism: Case Studies of Two North American Bestsellers’, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2005.

Omayma Abdellatif and Marina Ottaway (2007) ‘Women in Islamist Movements: toward an Islamist model of women’s activism’, Carnegie Papers, 2, pp. 1-13.

Evolving Methodologies in the Study of Islamism, POMEPS:

Brown, Nathan J. When victory is not an option: Islamist movements in Arab politics. Cornell University Press, 2012 (available in the Library).

Abdelrahman, Maha. “‘With the Islamists?—Sometimes. With the State?—Never!’Cooperation between the Left and Islamists in Egypt.” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 36.1 (2009): 37-54.

Francesco Cavatorta, ‘Divided they stand, divided they fail. Opposition politics in Morocco’, Democratization, vol. 16, no. 1, 2009.

Jonathan Hill, ‘Islamism and Democracy in the modern Maghreb’, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 6, 2011.

Asli Bali, ‘A Turkish model for the Arab Spring?’, Middle East Law and Governance, Vol. 3, 2011.



Week 9- The Arab-Israeli conflict in the making of the modern Middle East

**Asher Arian, ‘Israel’ in Ellen Lust (ed.), The Middle East, 12th Edition, CQ Press, 2010.

**Benoit Challand, ‘The Palestinian Authority’ in Ellen Lust (ed.), The Middle East, 12th Edition, CQ Press, 2010.

**Mark Tessler, ‘The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ in Ellen Lust (ed.), The Middle East, 12th Edition, CQ Press, 2010.

**Durac, Cavatorta, Politics and governance in the Middle East, Chapter 9 (The Military, Security and Conflict), pp. 211-238

Avi Shlaim, The Politics of Partition: King Abdullah, the Zionists and Palestine, 1921-1951 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, revised edn, 1998)

Avi Shlaim, ‘ The Rise and Fall of the Oslo Peace Process’ in Lousie Fawcett (ed.), International Relations of the Middle East, Oxford University Press, 2005.

Moshe Amon, ‘Can Israel survive the West Bank Settlements?’, Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2004.

Rory Miller, ‘Troubled Neighbours: Europe and Israel’, Israel Affairs, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2006.


Suggested movie/s

This is Palestine, John McColgan (2017)

5 Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi (2012)

The Lab, Yotam Feldman (2013)

Omar, Hany Abu-Assad (2013)

Lemon Tree, Eran Riklis (2008)

Paradise Now, Abu-Assad (2005)



Week 10 – Post-Oslo Palestine/Israel

** Sara Roy, “Reconceptualizing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Key Paradigm Shifts,” Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Spring 2012): 71-91

** Ronald R. Krebs, “Israel’s Bunker Mentality: How the Occupation is Destroying the Nation,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 90, No. 6 (November/December 2011): 10-18

** Elliot Abrams, “The Settlement Obsession: Both Israel and the US Miss the Obstacles to Peace,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 90, No. 4 (July/August 2011): 142-152

** Mouin Rabbani, “Rocks and Rockets: Oslo’s Inevitable Conclusion,” Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Spring 2001): 68-81

** Ron Pundak, “From Oslo to Taba: What Went Wrong?” Survival, Vol. 43, No. 3 (Autumn 2001): 31-46

** Daniel Byman and Natan Sachs, “The Rise of Settler Terrorism: the West Bank’s Other Violent Extremists,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 91, No. 5 (September/October 2012): 73-86

** Avishai Margalit and Michael Walzer, “Israel: Civilians and Combatants,” The New York Review of Books, Vol. 56, No. 8 (May 14, 2009)

** Menachem Klein, “Against the Consensus: Oppositionist Voices in Hamas,” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 45, No. 6 (November 2009): 881-892

Avi Shlaim. ‘The Rise and Fall of the Oslo Peace Process’ in Lousie Fawcett (ed.), International Relations of the Middle East, Oxford University Press, 2005

Mia Bloom, “Palestinian Suicide Bombing: Public Support, Market Share, and Outbidding,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 119, No. 1 (2004): 61-88

Jerome Slater, “Just War Moral Philosophy and the 2008-2009 Israeli Campaign in Gaza,” International Security, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Fall 2012): 44-80

Davis Brown, Michael L. Gross and Tamar Meisels, “Correspondence: Just War Theory and the 2008-09 Gaza Invasion,” International Security, Vol. 38, No. 1 (Summer 2013): 160-167

Yosef Kuperwasser and Shalom Lipner, “The Problem is Palestinian Rejectionism: Why the PA Must Recognize a Jewish State,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 90, No. 6 (November/December 2011): 2-9

Meir Litvak, “The Islamization of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: the Case of Hamas,” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 34, No. 1 (January 1998): 148-163

Steven Erlanger, “In Gaza, Hamas’s Insults to Jews Complicate Peace,” The New York Times, April 1, 2008

Menachem Klein, “Jerusalem as an Israeli Problem—a Review of Forty Years of Israeli Rule Over Arab Jerusalem,” Israel Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2 (2008): 54-72

Rashid Khalidi, “The Centrality of Jerusalem to an End of Conflict Agreement,” Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Spring 2001): 82-87

Dov Waxman and Scott Lasensky, “Jewish Foreign Policy: Israel, World Jewry, and the Defence of ‘Jewish Interests’,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (2013): 1-21

Joseph Schechla, “The Invisible People Come to Light: Israel’s ‘Internally Displaced’ and the ‘Unrecognized Villages’, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Autumn 2001): 20-31

Mordechai Bar-On, “Remembering 1948: Personal Recollections, Collective Memory, and the Search for ‘What Really Happened’,” in Benny Morris, editor, Making Israel (University of Michigan Press, 2007), pp. 29-46

Khaled Elgindy, “Palestine Goes to the UN: Understanding the New Statehood Strategy,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 90, No. 5 (September/October 2011)

Rich Wiles, editor, Generation Palestine: Voices from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (Pluto Press, 2013): articles by Raji Sourani, Omar Barghouti, and Ilan Pappe

Hillel Schenker, “What’s Wrong with BDS?” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics, and Culture, Vol. 18, No. 2/3 (2012): 78-85

Joel S. Fishman, “The BDS Message of Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, and Incitement to Discrimination,” Israel Affairs, Vol. 18, No. 3 (July 2012): 412-425

Peter Schmidt, “Backlash Against Israel Boycott Puts American Studies Association on Defensive,” Chronicle of Higher Education, January 10, 2014, pp. A3-A4

Curtis Marez, “In Defense of an Academic Boycott of Israel,” Chronicle of Higher Education, January 10, 2014, p. A40

Linda Gordon et al., “Don’t Cut Off Debate with Israel’s Academic Institutions—Enrich It Instead,” Chronicle of Higher Education, January 10, 2014, p. A40

Cary Nelson, “Essay Questions Why MLA Will Be Weighing In On Israeli Policies,” Inside Higher Ed, January 9, 2014 )

Peter Beinart, “To Save Israel, Boycott the Settlements,” New York Times, March 18, 2012


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