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Course Overview

Islam is woven into the fabric of Egyptian society. At a time when Islam and Islamism are a major factors in world affairs, this course explores the Islamic context to Egyptian culture, politics and history from the Islamic conquest to the 2011 revolution.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Dawoud El-Alami

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Course Description

Divided into five sections, this module examines the transformation of Egypt from a mediaeval theocracy to a  modern nation state.  Part one takes as a starting point an introduction to the concept of power in Islam, examining the successive caliphates and their approaches to government.   Part two looks at the Islamic presence in Egypt from the earliest contact, through the successive dynasties, up to the French occupation of Egypt in 1789.  Part three examines the events that brought to power the so-called "maker of modern Egypt", Muhammad Ali Pasha, and the factors that contributed to this. Part four looks at religious movements and the effects of western involvement and finally examines the British occupation in 1882 and the history of national resistance up to the Revolution of 1952. Part five looks at the secularism of the fifties and sixties followed by the Islamic resurgance from the 1970s in local and international context culminating in the 2011 Revolution. 

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Teaching Breakdown


5000 word written assignment (70%); 2 x 1000 word book reviews (30%).

Resit: 1x 6000 word essay.

Formative Assessment



Formative feedback will be provided in writing normally within one week with regard to project proposals and formative stages (bibliography, literature review, first draft),  supported by video / telephone tutorial meetings.

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