HMØK0107FU Islam og politik i Mellemøsten (Aktuelt Emne i Mellemøsten) (F25)

Årgang 2024/2025
Engelsk titel

Islam and Politics in the Middle East (Topic of Current Interest in the Middle East)


Bachelor- og kandidatstuderende


What is the role of Islam in Middle Eastern politics?

This seminar will investigate state-religion relations, the clerical class, religious political movements, the debate about religion and mediated religion in the Middle East, with a strong focus on the dominant religion, Islam.

Islamism, Salafism, Jihadism, Sufism and other trends within Sunni and Shia Islam are often poorly understood in Western media. The course will discuss their definitions and address their role in the contexts of  modern Middle Eastern history and current affairs.


BATV2019 ”Aktuelt emne i Mellemøstens samfund og politik”  Eksamenskode: (HMØB10091E)

KATV2019 ”Frit emne 2”

Eksamenskode: (HMØK13001E)

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Exam code: (HMØB10091E)

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A basic understanding of Islam is highly recommended
Lectures, text discussions, group exercises
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Academic targets

At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding of

a current topic in the recent history of Middle Eastern countries.

the historical, social and political context that forms the background for the current topic.


Skills in

explaining the chosen current topic with a comparative perspective to different Middle Eastern countries

describing an academic research theme and discussing it systematically in relation to the current topic

using correct terminology and concepts in an analysis of historical, political and social phenomena

reflecting on the substance of the topic chosen as well as its different and/or comparable developments in Middle Eastern countries.


Competencies in

structuring an assignment and communicating it in accordance with academic requirements and standards

forming an overview of and communicating one’s own knowledge of a general issue based on a comparative analysis.



The examiner compiles a syllabus of 1,000-1,200 standard pages.


Teaching and working methods

Class instruction with active student participation.


Exam provisions


Form of exam: Take-home assignment on set subject.

Scope: 11-15 standard pages. The students have 7 days to complete their paper.

Assessment: Internal exam with a single examiner with assessment based on the 7-point grading scale.

Regulations for group exams: The exam can only be taken individually.

Exam language(s): Danish or English.

Permitted exam aids: All.

Make-up exam/resit: Conducted in the same manner as the ordinary exam.