“It is quite common to hear high officials in Washington and elsewhere speak of changing the map of the Middle East, as if ancient societies and myriad peoples can be shaken up like so many peanuts in a jar.”

― Edward W. Said

"A developing country that wants to develop its economy must first of all keep natural resources in its own hands."
- Deng Xiaoping

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Lecture: Introduction to Research Methods: A Premier for Writing an MA Thesis or Phd Dissertation - Professor David Fasenfest

Center for Turkish Studies  
Edward Said LECTURE SERIES -20

Introduction to Research Methods: A Premier for Writing an MA Thesis or Phd Dissertation

Professor David Fasenfest  
Wayne State University,  USA Editor, Critical Sociology  Series Editor, Studies in Critical Social Sciences http://clas.wayne.edu/david-fasenfest 
Date and Time: Friday, November 17 2017 and 13:00 - 15:00 PM 

Building - College of Liberal Arts (A New building), 2nd floor 
SHANGHAI UNIVERSITY  99 Shangda Road, BaoShan District, Shanghai. 200444

FOR THIS LECTURE, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BOOK:


Friday, October 27, 2017

Islamic Movements (Week-8 Tuesday November 7) Reflection-3, Readings, Newspaper Articles and Presentation

Dear all,

For the next week, (8th Week) you should read the following articles:

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring the newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with ISLAMIC MOVEMENTS AND PARTIES IN INDONESIA AND MALAYSIA. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS! I need a print copy (First page) of your article, and please include your full name on it. 
Weekly Presentation:
Pilar Mejía Buenfil
Introduction on Global Salafism". Roel Meijer. Global Salafism: Islam’s New Religious Movement. Columbia University Press, 2009

REFLECTION PAPER -3
Please read the following instructions carefully:

In this reflection paper, you have four questions. Please answer them all!
1) Based on the readings and our class discussions, please answer the following questions:
* how do you categorize the Gulen Movement?
* Do you think the Gulen is a Shari'a based Islamic movement or a market-oriented movement?
* Please also try to explain what the Gulen movement is trying to achieve, what is their goal in Turkey and globally? 
Briefly explain and GIVE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES from the readings and our class discussions. Your answer should be at least 300 words.

2) Based on our readings and class discussions, please answer the following questions:
* How do you categorize the Hamas?
* Do you think the Hamas is a Shari’a based party or political movement, or a market-oriented party?
* Please also try to explain what the Hamas is trying to achieve: liberation of Palestine or Islamization?
* Do you think Hamas is transnational movement or Hamas is political party limited to Palestine? 
Briefly explain and GIVE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES from the readings and our class discussions. Your answer should be at least 300 words. 

3) Based on two readings and our class discussions, please answer the following questions:
* how do you categorize the Hezbollah?
* Do you think the Hezbollah is a Shari¹a based party or political movement, or a market-oriented party or ethno-religious political power in Lebanese politics?
* Please also try to explain what the Hezbollah is trying to achieve: protecting the Shi'a interests in Lebanese politics or Islamization of Lebanon?
* Do you think Hezbollah is an independent political power from Iranian social and political influence in the Middle East?   
Briefly explain and GIVE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES from the readings and our class discussions.Your answer should be at least 300 words. 

, please answer the following questions:
* how do you categorize the JDP?
* Do you think the JDP is a Shari'a based Islamic party or political movement, or a market-oriented democratic party?
* Please also try to explain what the JDP is trying to achieve: protecting the Islamist/Conservative interests in Turkish politics or Islamization of Turkey? 
Briefly explain and GIVE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES from the readings and our class discussions.Your answer should be at least 300 words. 

In your answer, please do not use citation; use your own words, and do not copy from the Internet, the books conclusion, or from Wikipedia.   Email your paper to me as MS Word attachments by 12:00 Midnight, on next Tuesday night. PLEASE include Islamic Movements – Reflection Paper 1 in the subject line of your email, and send it to tugrulkeskin (at) t.shu.edu.cn
The reflection papers should be at least 1200 words. Font size should be Times New Roman, 12 point. You need to email me your reflection papers with Word document.
Criteria: If your paper is less than 1200 words, or late, you will loose 4 points.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Best to all,

Tugrul Keskin

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Intro to International Relations (WEEK - 8, NOV. 1): Quiz-3, Readings, Newspaper articles, and Presentations

Dear all,

For the Week 8, you should read the following chapters before you come to the class

Part II Culture.
46 Globalization and Culture: Three Paradigms (Jan Nederveen Pieterse).
13 Creolization, Hybridity, and Glocalization.
47 The World in Creolisation (Ulf Hannerz).
48 Flows, Boundaries and Hybrids: Keywords in Transnational Anthropology (Ulf Hannerz).
49 Globalization as Hybridization (Jan Nederveen Pieterse).
50 Glocalization: Time–Space and Homogeneity–Heterogeneity (Roland Robertson).

DOCUMENTARY:
The trap of Materialism
The Cult of Materialism
The Shock Doctrine [2009] Documentary by Naomi Klein

This week, we will have two presentations on Wednesday. YOU SHOULD PREPARE POWER POINTS and EMAIL IT TO ME A DAY BEFORE THE CLASS.
This week, two students will have presentations: 

FACUNDO OLMEDO
40 Unpacking Cosmopolitanism for the Social Sciences: A Research Agenda (Ulrich Beck and Natan Sznaider).
41 Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism (Craig Calhoun).

OLGA GORYUNOVA
Part II Culture.
46 Globalization and Culture: Three Paradigms (Jan Nederveen Pieterse).
13 Creolization, Hybridity, and Glocalization.
47 The World in Creolisation (Ulf Hannerz).

VOEURN VINICHHAI 
48 Flows, Boundaries and Hybrids: Keywords in Transnational Anthropology (Ulf Hannerz).
49 Globalization as Hybridization (Jan Nederveen Pieterse).
50 Glocalization: Time–Space and Homogeneity–Heterogeneity (Roland Robertson).


JESSICA GARCIA
The Hidden Ruler: Wang Huning and the Making of Contemporary China
Haig Patapan and Yi Wang - JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY CHINA, 2017
When a Sleeping Giant Wakes – A Neoclassical Realist Analysis of China’s Expanding Ties in the Middle East. Tugrul Keskin and Christian N. Braun - sociology of islam 4 (2016) 1-26

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring RECENT newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with SOCIETY AND CULTURE IN CHINA. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS!    

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  

Best to all,

Tugrul

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Islamic Movements (Week-7 October 26) Readings, Newspaper Articles and Presentation

Dear all,

For the next week, (7th Week) you should read the following articles: 

DOCUMENTARY:

·      Wahhabism: The School of Ibn Taymiyyah - The Root of Terrorism?
·      A Documentary by BBC Radio - Jihad And The Petrodollar Part – 1

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring the newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with SALAFISM. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS! I need a print copy (First page) of your article, and please include your full name on it.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Best to all,

Tugrul Keskin

Islamic Movements (Week-6 October 24 - Tuesday 10:00 – 11:30): Readings, Newspaper Articles and Presentation

Dear all,


For the next week, (6th Week) you should read the following articles:


DOCUMENTARY:
·      The Hezbollah Mystery
·      The Rise and Rise of the Party of God - Lebanon
·      Gaza / HAMAS – Rise to Power
·      Hamas Rulers of Gaza Documentary

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring the newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with HAMAS OR HEZBOLLAH. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS! I need a print copy (First page) of your article, and please include your full name on it.  

We will meet in the new campus (East Campus, College of Liberal Arts).

PRESENTATION:
ASMAA ABUSAMAK

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Best to all,

Tugrul Keskin

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Intro to International Relations (WEEK - 7, OCT. 25): Quiz, Readings, Newspaper articles, and Presentations

Dear all,

For the Week 7, you should read the following chapters before you come to the class  

12 McWorld and Jihad.
42 Jihad vs McWorld (Benjamin R. Barber).
43 Paris Is Burning: Jihad vs McWorld by Benjamin R. Barber (Fareed Zakaria).
44 Sovereignty and Emergency: Political Theology, Islam and American Conservatism (Bryan S. Turner).
45 On Terrorism and the New Democratic Realism (Benjamin R. Barber).

DOCUMENTARY:
History Of Latin America, European Immigration to America, Full Documentary
El Salvador: Assassins For Sale - Latin America Investigates
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcR2hfExuXw

This week, we will have two presentations on Wednesday. YOU SHOULD PREPARE POWER POINTS and EMAIL IT TO ME A DAY BEFORE THE CLASS.
This week, two students will have presentations: 

FRANCISCO GIL SUAZO DEBERNARDI
12 McWorld and Jihad.
42 Jihad vs McWorld (Benjamin R. Barber).
43 Paris Is Burning: Jihad vs McWorld by Benjamin R. Barber (Fareed Zakaria).

NAO SOKSAMNANG
44 Sovereignty and Emergency: Political Theology, Islam and American Conservatism (Bryan S. Turner).
45 On Terrorism and the New Democratic Realism (Benjamin R. Barber).

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring RECENT newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with RELIGION AND POLITICS IN EUROPE AND RUSSIA. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS!    

QUIZ-3: You will take your second quiz on Wednesday (OCTOBER 25) and the quiz covers the following chapters:


6 Nation-State.
20 Sociology and the Nation-State in an Era of Shifting Boundaries (Donald N. Levine).
21 The Westfailure System (Susan Strange).
22 Globalization and the Myth of the Powerless State (Linda Weiss).
23 Globalization and the Resilience of State Power (Daniel Béland).
24 Beyond Nation-State Paradigms: Globalization, Sociology, and the Challenge of Transnational Studies (William I. Robinson).
7 Transnationalism.
25 Transnational Practices (Leslie Sklair).
26 Social Theory and Globalization: The Rise of a Transnational State (William I. Robinson).
27 Revisiting the Question of the Transnational State: A Comment on William Robinson's "Social Theory and Globalization" (Philip McMichael).
8 World Systems.
28 The Modern World-System: Theoretical Reprise (Immanuel Wallerstein).
29 Competing Conceptions of Globalization (Leslie Sklair).

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.     

Best to all,

Tugrul

A Brief History of Catalan Nationalism

The Roots of the Current Crisis

By Sebastian Balfour

FOREIGN AFFAIRS - October 18, 2017

The mounting tensions between Catalan nationalism and the Spanish state are like an encounter between an unstoppable force and an immovable object. The impending crash has been temporarily averted by the decision of Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to suspend declaring independence following Catalonia’s October 1 referendum, in which a majority voted to break away from Spain (the Spanish government has declared the referendum illegal). Without any apparent irony, the separatist newspaper Ara anticipated the coming of independence as “a gradual leap” in the dark.  It is difficult to predict what will emerge from the current dispute. Given the political inflexibility of the Spanish government, and the preference of many businesses based in Catalonia to remain part of Spain, the Catalan government may not be able to realize its commitment to establish an independent nation-state. At the same time, however, Madrid’s heavy-handed response to the referendum has resulted in the Spanish state losing legitimacy among many, if not most, Catalans. The fracture within and between Catalan and Spanish societies has widened.

READ MORE....

Intro to International Relations (WEEK - 6, OCTOBER 20 – FRIDAY 13:00 – 15:00) Readings, Newspaper articles, and Presentations

Dear all,


For the Week 6, you should read the following chapters before you come to the class 

10 Network Society and Informationalism.
36 Toward a Sociology of the Network Society (Manuel Castells).
37 Depoliticizing Globalization: From Neo-Marxism to the Network Society of Manuel Castells (Peter Marcuse).
11 World Risk Society and Cosmopolitanism.
38 The Terrorist Threat: World Risk Society Revisited (Ulrich Beck).
39 Risk, Globalisation and the State: A Critical Appraisal of Ulrich Beck and the World Risk Society Thesis (Darryl S. L. Jarvis).
40 Unpacking Cosmopolitanism for the Social Sciences: A Research Agenda (Ulrich Beck and Natan Sznaider).
41 Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism (Craig Calhoun).

DOCUMENTARY:
The War On Democracy - John Pilger
Pleasantville (1998)


This week, we will have two presentations on Wednesday. YOU SHOULD PREPARE POWER POINTS and EMAIL IT TO ME A DAY BEFORE THE CLASS.
This week, three students will have presentations: 

TATIANA GONCALVES MATIAS
10 Network Society and Informationalism.
36 Toward a Sociology of the Network Society (Manuel Castells).
37 Depoliticizing Globalization: From Neo-Marxism to the Network Society of Manuel Castells (Peter Marcuse).

AONE GOITSEONE GUMBO
11 World Risk Society and Cosmopolitanism.
38 The Terrorist Threat: World Risk Society Revisited (Ulrich Beck).
39 Risk, Globalisation and the State: A Critical Appraisal of Ulrich Beck and the World Risk Society Thesis (Darryl S. L. Jarvis).

FACUNDO OLMEDO
40 Unpacking Cosmopolitanism for the Social Sciences: A Research Agenda (Ulrich Beck and Natan Sznaider).
41 Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism (Craig Calhoun).

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring RECENT newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with URBANIZATION/MIGRATION AND GLOBAL POLITICS. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS!   

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.    

Best to all,

Tugrul

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Islamic Movements (Week-5) Reflection-2, Readings, Newspaper Articles and Presentation


Dear all,

For the next week, (5th Week) you should read the following articles:


DOCUMENTARY:
The Power of Nightmares: Part III: The Shadows in the Cave

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PRESENTATION: Please bring the newspaper articles. Articles SHOULD BE related with ISLAMIC MOVEMENTS AND PARTIES IN TURKEY. Other subjects will not be accepted. PLEASE VERY BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE IN THE CLASS! I need a print copy (First page) of your article, and please include your full name on it. 

REFLECTION PAPER -2
Please read the following instructions carefully:
In this reflection paper, you have two options:

FIRST OPTION:
1.     Based on the readings, do you think the booklet (Between Yesterday and Today) by Hasan Al-Banna is a political or religious manifest? Briefly explain and give specific examples from the readings. Your answer should be at least 300 words.
2.     According to the Islamic Way of Life (Mawdudi - http://www.pdx.edu/sociologyofislam/islamic-political-thought), how do you define the Islamic Political System (State)?  Briefly explain and give specific examples from the readings. Your answer should be at least 300 words. 
3.     Based on two readings (“Islamic Way of Life” and “Mawdudi and the Transformation of Jama’at-e-Islami in Pakistan”), how do you categorize the Jama’at? Do you think the Jama’at is a Shari’a based party or market-oriented party? Please also try to explain how the Jama’at has transformed towards a Shari’a based party or market-oriented party - is this a historical transformation? Briefly explain and give specific examples from the readings. Your answer should be at least 400 words. 
4.     According to our readings, what are the similarities and differences between the Muslim Brotherhood, Jama’at-e-Islami and Tablighi Jamaat? Briefly explain and give specific examples from the readings. For this question, you can create a comparative chart. Your answer should be at least 400 words.

SECOND OPTION:
Please summarize the following readings (posted on google drive) and USE YOUR OWN WORDS. Your SUMMARY should be at least 1500 words:
1.     Islam and Politics in the New Egypt By Nathan J. Brown or http://carnegieendowment.org/files/islam_politics.pdf (at least 300 words)
2.     The Power of the Jama‘A: The Role of Hasan Al-Banna in Constructing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Collective Identity By Khalil al-Anani (at least 300 words)
3.     The Rise and Fall of the Salafi al-Nour Party in Egypt By Jonathan AC Brown  http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/15113/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-salafi-al-nour-party-in-en (at least 300 words)
4.     Mawdudi and the Transformation of Jama’at-e-Islami in Pakistan by Abdul Rashid Moten (at least 300 words)
5.     Islamic Revivalism: The Case of the Tablighi Jamaat by Jan Ali (at least 300 words)
In your answer, please do not use citation; use your own words, and do not copy from the Internet, the books conclusion, or from Wikipedia.   Email your paper to me as MS Word attachments by 12:00 Midnight, on next Tuesday night. PLEASE include Islamic Movements – Reflection Paper 1 in the subject line of your email, and send it to tugrulkeskin (at) t.shu.edu.cn
The reflection papers should be at least 1500 words. Font size should be Times New Roman, 12 point. You need to email me your reflection papers with Word document.
Criteria: If your paper is less than 1500 words, or late, you will loose 4 points.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Best to all,

Tugrul Keskin