Politics of Muslim States

Politike islamskih držav

Course credits:

5.00 ECTS / 57 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 27 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Bogomil Ferfila






Second semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of Political Science - Studies of Democracy and Governance


Students are allowed to participate in the course provided that they have completed the enrolment procedure.

Objectives and competences

Students will gain necessary analitical knowledge about muslem world, its regions and countries. In such a way they will achieve higher levels of proficiency in communication, analytical skills, abilities of sintetisation of the global environment, its characteristics and processes. They will be able to use appropriate approach in teams and project work and reflect the analytical needs of contemporary societes. They will be able to prepare their own policies and solutions from the field of comparative politics.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course on Politics of muslim countries introduce two compliementary approaches : comparison of particular policies led by countries, their domestic and international institutions on one side and so called »area studies approach«which introduce multidisciplinary analyses of regions and countries on the other side. The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach involve economics, political science, sociolology, security, cultural and historical perspective. The main quality and innovation of the course is the fact that it contain the analyses of the islam world as the whole in the form of 53 countries where the muslims represents the majority of the population. The course starts with the introductory explanation of islam as the second biggest world religion, his birth and development in Saudi Arabia and main characteristics. The main focus is the analyses of several islam schools, developments and denominations. The political and liberal islam receive the most attention in this regard also as the platform for deliberation of the poltical systems and regimes in 53 muslim countries. Middle East or in slovenian terminology Near East is the most important muslim region not only because the islam has evolved in this region but also because of the most important islam countries in strategical and ideological terms are present in this particular regin – like Saudi Arabia and Iran (also Pakistan to a certain degree). Next region is Noth Africa , also included in Middle East, which has in recent years shaken the islam and the entire world with the explosion of so called Arab Spring. This developments receive our special attention on one side because of demonstrating new democratic potentials of muslim world and also of certain structural limitations mostly in the form of doubtfull behaviour of muslim political parties on the other side. The rest of the course focus on muslim countries in the Southeast Asia and on the large number of islam countries in Subsaharan Africa.Some attention is given also to the two european muslim countries – Albania and Kosovo and to the development of political islam in USA.

Intended learning outcomes:

Politics of muslim countries is one of the courses in political science. The students gain the knowledge about different forms of political institutions, political and social processes in muslim countries and are able to solve problems related to their own country, political or other institutionwhere they will be working. From the viewpoint of comparative solutions they will be able to adress different problems – they will look for the relevant solutions in comparable countries and than with taking into account specific conditions in the muslim countries find the necessary solution or policy for the problem concerned. Accumulated knowledge will also serve as the appropriate base for developing more specific approaches.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures, contemporary movies – analyses, discussion, written test


Type (examination, oral, coursework, project): Written test - 80% Active participation and attendance - 20%

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Cleveland, William L.; Bunton, Martin P.
Title: A history of the modern Middle East »
Edition: 6th ed.
Publishing: Philadelphia : Westview, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-8133-4980-0
COBISS.SI-ID: 35045213 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Ferfila, Bogomil
Title: Bližnji vzhod : grožnja ali zakladnica človeštva? »
Publishing: Ljubljana : Fakulteta za družbene vede, Založba FDV, 2016
ISBN: 978-961-235-803-7; 978-961-235-804-4; 978-961-235-805-1
COBISS.SI-ID: 287501568 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Ferfila, Bogomil
Title: Rusija in Putinov kapitalizem »
Publishing: Ljubljana : Fakulteta za družbene vede, 2015
ISBN: 978-961-235-698-9
COBISS.SI-ID: 275679488 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full and part study

  1. Written exam, oral exam, written/oral exam
    Lectures, seminars and individual consultations

Curriculum was last modified on: 08.06.2020