University of Sussex Business School

Governing Muslims (010IRS)

Governing Muslims: from Empire to the War on Terror

Module 010IRS

Module details for 2019/20.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Research and teaching on Islam and Muslims in IR happens overwhelmingly through discourses of ‘terrorism’. This reproduces the racialised binaries of the War on Terror and erases the colonial histories from which labels like terrorism emerge. In contrast, this module illustrates the connections between the contemporary government of Muslims in Europe to imperial modes of political rule developed by Western powers in their colonisation of Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. The module examines how techniques of imperial government used by European powers to domesticate and pacify Muslims in India or Algeria persist in the WoT through counter-terrorism and social policy practices.

Module learning outcomes

Students will have a systematic knowledge of the connections between historical and contemporary government of Muslim populations by European powers and their colonial logics through the syllabus.

Students will be able to critically evaluate the arguments and assumptions underpinning counter-terrorism and social policy policies directed at Muslim populations in European states today.

Students will be able to undertake in-depth case study work and use appropriate methods and framings to understand, evaluate and judge the continuities between imperial forms of government and their contemporary iterations. Students will also understand the limits of this approach and the way historical data can be ‘overstretched’.

Students will be able to critically evaluate wider contemporary debates( beyond counter-terrorism and social policy) which relate to the place and role of Muslims and Islam in Europe. These include, for
example controversies over the hijab, halal food production and gender-equality.

Essay (3500 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Mon 16:0070.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 7 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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