Philosophy, Politics and the Middle East

Module code: V7091E
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Contemporary Middle Eastern politics raises many intricate philosophical questions. The aim of this course is to address some of them. Topics to be studied include:

  • jihad and just war theory
  • liberalism vs Islam
  • democracy and freedom of speech
  • freedom of belief
  • what, if anything, is wrong with extremist beliefs?
  • what, if anything, is wrong with conspiracy theories?
  • democracy and religion
  • patriotism and personal identity
  • the ethics of immigration.

Module learning outcomes

  • Idenitify the concerns and claims made by the just war theorists
  • Understand and disyinguish between the different claims made by those who defend the right to freedom of speech.
  • Present the arguments for and against the notion that national, ethnic, or religious identity can properly be part of one┬┐s personal identity.
  • Argue systematically for his or her view concerning some of the philosophical issues raised by Middle Eastern Politics