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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2160: Islamist Movements: From the Muslim Brothers to Al-Qa'ida

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

Introduction to the Study of Islamist Movements

Islamists and the Arab Spring

The Story of Modern Islamism

The Society of the Muslim Brothers

Salafism in Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Jihadism and Post-Jihadism in Egypt

Shiite Islamism in Lebanon: The Case of Hizbullah

Global Jihadism: The Case of al-Qa‘ida

The Islamists of Libya and the Demise of the Colonel’s Republic

The Islamists of Algeria

The Tunisian al-Nahda Movement

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 22The module will consist of two-hourly taught sessions across eleven weeks. Each one will commence with a lecture, followed by a seminar discussion about the assigned topic.
Guided Independent study38Weekly reading for seminars
Guided Independent study18Preparing seminar presentation
Guided Independent study64Researching and writing op-ed and essay
Guided Independent study8Web-based learning

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Students are encouraged to follow regional events via the BBC News ( and/or al-Jazeera ( and/or other news websites.