The Road to Democracy in the Islamic World

Find your place in the world.

The Road to Democracy in the Islamic World

This program, first offered in 2012, examines the problem of the "democratic deficit" in the Muslim world, and analyzes the causes and consequences of the recent wave of revolutions against authoritarian rule in the Arab World. In addition, the course will look at the commitment of the United States to the promotion of democratic institutions and values in the Middle East. Case studies include Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The 2017 seminar, taking place in Dubai, will be led by two senior professors of political science at Syracuse University, Matt Bonham and Mehrzad Boroujerdi, and will include a host of activities such as field trips in Dubai and Sharjah, an overnight excursion, and guest spearkers. Skirting the edge of the Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates is a true melting post of cultures. It is a hub for trade, business, and cultural exchange. The UAE is the perfect place to learn about the Arab world. Students will witness the daily intersection of traditional values and modern realities.

Subjects

  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies

Related Programs

Beijing Center

The SU Beijing program is located at top-ranked Tsinghua University, and offers students at all language levels (including those with no prior Chinese language knowledge) an opportunity to study the complexity of contemporary China. The program offers coursework options across disciplines - including history, political science and international relations, public communications, and economics.

Syracuse University Abroad

106 Walnut Place

Religion, Law, and Human Rights in Comparative Perspective

Focusing on both European and non-European jurisdictions, the course will introduce students to contemporary debates about the role of religion in public and political life, familiarize them with critical human and women’s rights issues across different religious traditions and political systems by specifically discussing contemporary multicultural and pluri-legal challenges to universal human rights values and principles. The course will link together the study of aspects of European human rights law and of specific Asian and African legal systems, as well as comparative state-church relations, creating much room for individual specialization of students, built on a common core of covered material. The course, which will be of interest to students studying law, international relations and political sciences, with an emphasis on human rights, religion, Islam, the Middle East, Western Europe, and women and gender studies, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Syracuse University Abroad

106 Walnut Place

Terms & Conditions   Privacy Policy