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Understanding Islam and Its Extremists

If you could look inside the minds of the Islamic extremists who are making war on our country, would you? This course will take you there, so you can understand how, and why, Muslim radicals see themselves and their world, and see us in the West. We’ll explore the rise of Sunni and Shi’ite radicalism and the ideologues whose thoughts underpin these movements, the Islamist radicalization process, how Sunni extremists use the mass media, the US Islamophobia Industry, how Muslims are responding to the extremism within their faith, and where Sunni and Shi’a radicalism are headed.

Instructor Bio:

Michael G. Knapp is a Middle East analyst with the US Army in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has worked in US government research and analysis for more than 30 years, both as a civilian and as an officer in the US Army Reserve, (he retired in 2002). His articles on Islamic extremism and Islam have been published in five books and multiple professional journals.

Required Reading:

Please bring an inquiring, open, and enthusiastic mind as well as questions for class discussion.

Recommended Reading:

Esposito, John L. Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam. Nasr, Vali. The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future. Habeck, Mary R. Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War On Terror.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A310 Michael Knapp Feb 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4 We 4:00-5:30 p.m. Darden School of Business (UVA) A

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