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ARAB2190 Global Jihad: From the Taliban to ISIS

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Tajul Islam

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Module replaces

ARAB2131 The Art of Tajweed

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will introduce students to modern radical Jihadist movements within differing historical and geographical contexts. It will introduce students to the geo-political factors that have facilitated the rise of these movements in the modern age. This module will also provide an opportunity to contrast theory and practical application through case studies covering a range of concerns that affect the world community today.


This module will introduce students to:

1) Jihad and Jihadism in a pan-global context from the 1980's to the present day;
2) Understanding key geo-political factors that have facilitated the rise of Global Jihadist movements;
3) An appreciation of the global climate Jihadist movements operate within and how they complement one another;
4) Theories explaining why people join radical organisations.

Learning outcomes
The primary learning outcomes include:

1) A critical understanding of the dominant trajectories which radical Jihadist Movements have taken from 1980 onwards.
2) Informed insight into the spread of the phenomenon of Jihadism in the post-modern era.
3) A clearer understanding of modern radical Jihadist ideologies through text analysis of primary source material.

Skills outcomes
Students will gain confidence in approaching the notion of Jihad and the emergence of radical Jihadist movements in the modern era. They will also become familiar with key Jihadist texts and acquire subject-specific terminologies.


This module will cover:

- The evolution of Jihad and Jihadism from 1980 to the present.
- Abdullah Azzam and the Afghan Jihad.
- The rise of the Afghan Taliban in Afghanistan.
- The Jihadist Insurgency in Pakistan: Emergence of the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban)
- Bosnia: Jihad in an European Context
- Jihad in the Caucasus: Khattab to Kadyrov.
- Al-Qaeda; The Rise of Global Islamic Jihad
- Al Shabaab: The Quest for a Afro-Islamic Emirate
- Boko Haram: The Rise of the Islamo-African Caliphate
- Al Qaeda in Iraq: Zarqawi to Baghdadi.
- ISIS: The Declaration of the Islamic Caliphate

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours169.00
Total Contact hours31.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

167 hours of private study will include preparation of essays, seminar discussions, exam revision and undertaking all assigned readings for lectures.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through:

- Written / oral assignments
- Designated feedback sessions (one per semester)
- Student questionnaires/surveys
- Personal tutee appointments
- Advice & Feedback Hours

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 3 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/06/2016


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