Cours : “Understanding Political Islam: Contemporary Challenges”, London Middle East Institute (LMEI) — SOAS, University of London, Londres (Royaume-Uni), 12-13/06/2014

Venue: 21/22 Russell Square

Who is this programme for?:

This course is aimed at international corporate and public organisations, NGOs and journalists who work with these regions and require a sound understanding of Islamism. Course participants will have a basic knowledge of Islam and a general awareness of at least one global region in which Islamism is an active political force. Participants will be provided with pre-course reading and course materials.


Political Islam has become an important political force in Islamic countries, within Muslim communities in western states and at the level of global politics.

Whether through violence or participatory democratic politics, Islamism is now contending for national political power in numerous Muslim majority countries. Within western societies too the rise of Islamism is perceived as a major threat to assimilation of immigrants and to the overall coherence of national political communities.

Despite its political centrality, Islamism remains poorly understood, partly because of its complexity and controversial aspects, and partly because of sweeping generalisations and misrepresentations by the media.

The objectives of this course are to enrich the participants’ understanding of the various components of Islamism and their contemporary political significance at the national, regional and global levels, and to shed light on the likely future directions for the movement in those contexts.

It will be assumed that course participants will have a basic knowledge of Islam and a general awareness of at least one global region in which Islamism is an active political force.  The programme is led by a select group of world academic experts and practitioners, shaping a unique, wide-ranging informative course.


Take a look at Understanding Political Islam Programme (pdf; 208kb) and the list of speakers.

Please note, speakers may change according to speakers’ availability.

Applying and Fees

To reserve your place on the course, please complete the Political Islam Course Registration Form (pdf; 91kb) and return it to Sophie Dilley at


1 day £450 or both days £800. A 10% discount applies for any additional participant from a same organisation.

Payments should be made prior to the start of the course.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Should you wish to cancel your booking, notice should be sent to us as soon as possible. A full refund will be given for cancellations notified to us in writing at least 28 days in advance of the advertised date of the service.  If cancellation takes place within 28 days of the service date and at least seven (7) days before the event is scheduled to take place we will levy a cancellation charge of 50% of the price of the event (providing we are given proof of purchase). No refunds will be given for cancellation less than one (1) week before the start of the event or for non-attendance without notification, unless a refund is made entirely at our discretion. Notice of cancellation must be sent by email to Sophie Dilley, or confirmed by telephone on +44 (0)20 7898 4205.

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Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4205

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