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The Rise and Fall of Islamism
Mehmet Gurses

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The popular uprisings that swept through the Arab world have upended secular dictatorships in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, and resulted in democratic reforms in several others, including Algeria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. These changes have also carried Islamists to the forefront of politics. In many of these countries newly formed Islamist political parties emerged as the winners of these revolutionary changes. Islamists, however, have encountered significant social, political, and economic challenges from their own societies and failed to deliver on their promises. What is Islamism? How can we trace the roots of Islamism? Is it a passing phenomenon? What are the Islamic prospects to win the people’s hearts and minds? Can it be defeated? Professor Gurses will first present a general overview of Islam and Islamism in the Muslim world and then address Islamism in Turkey, Iran, the oil rich Gulf Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan.
1. The Rise and Spread of Islam
2. The Origins of Islamism
3. The Rise & Fall of Islamism in Turkey
4. The Rise & Fall of Islamism in Iran
5. Nouveau Riche Islam: Islamism in the Oil Rich Gulf Middle East
6. The Rise & Fall of Islamism in Pakistan
7. Islamism in North Africa
8. Islamism: A Passing Phenomenon?
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Mehmet Gurses joined the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in 2007, after completing his doctorate at the University of North Texas. An expert on Middle East politics, he specializes in ethnic and religious conflict, post-civil war peace-building, democratization, and Islamist parties in the Middle East.  Dr. Gurses frequently speaks to groups in several communities on a range of topics relating to the Middle East. His scholarly publications have appeared in International Interactions, Social Science Quarterly, Civil Wars, Defense and Peace Economics, Democratization, International Studies Perspectives and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

Time: 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Date: Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23; November 6, 13, 20; December 4
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member

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