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Between Hamas and ISIS: Radical Islamic Movements in a Changing Middle East (SPME2011/48782)

Between Hamas and ISIS:  Radical Islamic Movements in a Changing Middle East (SPME2011/48782)



Course: Between Hamas and ISIS (SPME2011/48782)
Teaching Faculty: Adam Hoffman & Ariel Koch

Language of Instruction: English
Academic Hours: 60 | Credits: 4 

Course Dates: July 3-27, 2017 

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students; mature learners with an academic background 

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
Tuition: US$ 1,780 | Housing: US$ 775 

Relevant Academic Fields: International politics, international relations, sociology, counter-terrorism, military theory  



  • Examine major contemporary Islamist movements and ideologies from both an academic and policy-oriented approach.  
  • Understand the diversity of modern Islamism and Jihadism in a global context. 
  • Explore differences in ideology and how they influence political and militant behavior in the Middle East, Western Europe, and Central Asia.  
  • Take part in workshops in leading think-tanks.  




Radical Islam is one of the most significant political phenomena of the last decade. This course gives you the chance to explore the origins, motivations, and practices of radical Islamic movements.  


Our focus will be on major Sunni Islamist thinkers, schools, and movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Sayyid Qutb and post-MB Egyptian radicalism, and modern Salafism. We’ll also look at the rise of ISIS and the impact of the Arab Spring.



Explore essential questions in understanding Radical Islam. What are the key Islamist movements, and what distinguishes them from one another? What is their relation to traditional Islamic thought, and to modernity? Who are they fighting, and why?  



This course meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, three hours per day. Educational tours meet during scheduled class times. 


Course Components  

  • close study of primary sources in translation  
  • two presentations, one focusing on a key term in Islamic political thought and the other on a particular militant movement 
  • readings and discussions 
  • field trips to local sites  
  • workshops in Israeli think tanks 
  • final exam 




You’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Life. From a tour of the Old City, to a trip to the Dead Sea, to checking out the local festivals, you’ll build your own unique impressions and memories of Jerusalem and Israel.  


While residing in HebrewU dormitories with other international and Israeli students, you’ll have a chance to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, is also there to help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU.




Apply by: May 15, 2017 

Arrive on Campus: July 3, 2017 

Program Length: Four weeks



Course: US$ 1,780
US$ 775


Learn more about fees, cost of living, and paying for the program.


A limited number of scholarships, based on demonstrated need or merit, are available.



This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to mature learners with an academic background. You must be currently registered at or have been accepted to a recognized college or university or have successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited institution of higher education. English-language fluency is also required.  




We’re pleased you’re applying to join us in Jerusalem. See our application guidelines. 


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Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017




We’re happy to answer any questions you might have – or to chat for a bit to help you choose the right course or program.  


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