4 credit hours
New and old media is shaping the political, social and cultural milieu of a more interconnected Muslim World. From the Twitter Revolution in Iran to the popular revolts in the Arab world, young protestors across the Muslim world relied on 21st century technology and social networking in an attempt to shape a more open and globalised Muslim world. This course will explore how non-state actors compete over the political and cultural message of the Muslim world, through new and renewed social spaces, focusing on the Muslim middle class and new gender roles. These trends will help explain how competition is playing out between moderate and more radical visions of Islam, and demonstrate the limits of a civil society operating in the national and trans-national domains.