Chevron Left
Back to Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World

Learner Reviews & Feedback for Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World by University of Copenhagen

660 ratings

About the Course

Learn what motivates the restive Muslim youth from Tunis to Tehran, what political positions Islamists from Mali to Chechnya are fighting for, where the seeming obsession with Islamic law comes from, where the secularists have vanished to, and whether it makes sense to speak of an Islamic state. Since 2009 there has been a renewed wave of popular unrest sweeping throughout much of the Muslim world. Secular, but generally repressive and inefficient autocracies have come under pressure or been swept aside entirely. At the same, the various Islamic Republics have not fared much better, but been convulsed by internal unrest, economic and social decline. Throughout the Muslim lands, existing constitutional arrangements are being challenged, often very violently. This course is a survey of the constitutional ideas and institutions that have developed since the mid 19th century throughout predominantly Muslim countries, but its focus will lie on the actors that have dominated this discourse and shaped its outcomes. We will look at the large body of classical writings on the Islamic state only in so far as it is necessary to understand the contemporary debate, but concentrate on the legal and political developments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Three common themes will characterise the course:  We privilege the study of the legal and social reality and seek to highlight where it is at odds with dogmatic stipulations, be they religious or constitutional.  We seek to illustrate the practical tensions posed by limited administrative capabilities and political legitimacy that resulted from the incomplete reception of modern bureaucratic statehood.  We seek to examine how popular dissatisfaction with the practical performance of Muslim governments has fuelled demands for greater accountability under the guise of cultural authenticity.  Ultimately, the course aims to equip participants to better understand Muslim contemporary discourse about the res publica, better contextualise the demands for religious law in public life, and to better ascertain the theoretical and practical feasibility of postulated religious alternatives to the still-dominant secular model of governance....

Top reviews


Nov 21, 2015

This course is really interesting and informative. It gave me a much better understanding for the history and politics behind some of the issues we are all facing today, and really broadened my mind.


Dec 27, 2015

The course was good. But the real situation has been changing drastically. A supplement or extension of course is required to cover the up to date situation about IS activities, syria Iraq etc.

Filter by:

1 - 25 of 198 Reviews for Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World

By Ying W

Oct 31, 2015

By Mariam

Feb 12, 2016

By Roberto

Jul 20, 2017

By Sonia S

Sep 5, 2016

By Sarah M

Feb 2, 2019

By Hamdanil R

Jan 2, 2016

By Сабина

Jul 12, 2020

By Esteban Q S

Apr 19, 2020

By Bryndie B

Feb 20, 2016

By LIngrid

May 16, 2016

By Lina J

Dec 31, 2020

By Attaullah K

Sep 21, 2020

By Alan M D

Mar 15, 2021

By Ibrahim M

Jul 29, 2020

By Frances M

Apr 16, 2017

By Pranav B

Sep 25, 2020

By Mary E

Jun 29, 2021


Dec 14, 2020

By Boo A K

Jun 24, 2021

By Una S

Oct 23, 2020

By Leanne P

Nov 22, 2015

By narendra p

Dec 28, 2015

By Rajantha M C T

Dec 22, 2020

By Katarzyna K

Jan 21, 2016

By Samantha D

Apr 26, 2021