Syllabi and reading lists
University of Wroclaw 2002/2003
Social philosophy and history

Development, Underdevelopment, and Modernity
An Introduction to social history, European and global
Graduate seminar (seminar proposal)
Empires, Decolonizations and geopolitical orders
Promises of theThird World and its revolutions
Graduate seminar
Islam, or peace?
The West and its Jihad
Graduate seminar

Development, Underdevelopment, and Modernity
1. The Rise of Europe, a foundation of modernity
European changes and economic revolutions
Paths to development - paths to backwardness
Institutions of politics
Institutions of power

2. "Increasing of Europe"
Political and social dimensions of colonialism
The early modern European worldeeconomy
Europe: A model, a proposal, a mission
Formations of modernity: unity, conflict, regime revolutions, social revolutions, "paths of nations"

3. Modernization, industrialization, and social change
"Change is eternal
nothing ever changes
Patterns of modernity: constitution, parliamentary democracy, market economy
Measures and stages of growth, and industrialization
Fortunate and mortal industrial reforms (case studies: Poland and colonialism)

4. Eurocentrism and its discontents: A quest for the global social history
Wealth and poverty of nations and "the great transformation": A.G. Frank - D. Landes debate
The World system: five hundred years or five thousand?

5. Investigating theory and practice of welfare
Justice and equality: traditional contractarian liberalism
Personal utilities, well-being, and agency - complex measurement (A. Sen

Braudel, F, Civilization and Capitalism 15th-18th Century, Vol. I-III
Diamond, J., Guns, Germs, and Steel
Giddens, A., Modernity and identity
Huntington, S.P., The Third Wave
Kula, W., Historia, zacofanie, rozwój (History, backwardness, and development)
Kula, W., Teoria ekonomiczna ustroju feudalnego (Economic theory of feudalism)
Landes, D., Wealth and Poverty of Nations
Małowist, M., Europa i jej ekspansja XIV-XVII w. (Europe and its Expansion, XIV-XVII century)
Pomian, K., Europa i jej narody (Europe and its Nations)
Sen, A., Inequality Reexamined
Tilly, Ch., The European Revolution 1492-1992
Weber, M., Economy and Society <back>

Empires, Decolonizations and geopolitical orders
1. Formation, definitions and fall of hegemonies
Hegemonies, capitalism, and territorialism
Core, peripheries - typologies of world-systems
Relocations of power

2. New autonomy, new borders, new racism
Rise of modernity, rise of nations, rise of conflict
The end of empires
Dynamics of decolonization
War, neocolonization, and the new world

3. Reconstructions of histories, subaltern histories
History without colonizer's methodology (J. Clifford)
History without colonizer's violence (E. Said)
Clashing particularisms, condemned universalisms (I. Wallerstein)

4. Voice of the damned, voice of disdain
The new nation - violence and liberation
Social order outside metropolis
"Europe is literally the creation of the third world"

Arrighi, G., Global Market
Brubaker, R., Nationalism Reframed
Chase-Dunn, Ch, Hall, D., Thomas, Historical Evolution of World-Systems
Clifford, J., Predicaments of Culture
Fanon, F., L’An V de la revolution algerienne
Fanon, F., The Wretched of the Earth
Gellner, E., Nations and nationalism
Hobsbawm, E., Age of Extremes
Kennedy, P., The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
Said, E., Orientalism
Wallerstein, I., Conflict of Cultures? <back>

Islam, or peace?1. The crescent of peace
War, violence, and the islamic moral code
Ummah, al-‘adl, ihsan – islamand the path of emancipation, liberation, and toleration

The new world order: beyond dichotomy of dar al-islam, dar al-harb (the abode of Islam, the abode of war)

The new world order: centers and peripheries

Towards a social Jihad

2. Usul al-Fikh (sources of jurisprudence), and foundations of a Muslim policy
Al-maslaha (considerations of public interest), Ijtihad (definition), Fatwa (classification)

A domain of religion, a domain of politics: Shura (consultation), pluralism, human rights

Submission (Tawhid) and leadership (Khalifah) - rules of social peace

Non-Muslims in a Muslim society

Muslims and their western Jihad

Assimilation, Alienation, Isolation?

3. „Mad mullahs”, political control, and decolonization - Islam world in 20th century
Muslim world after fall of the Ottoman Empire
Rise of Muslim nation-states
Fundamentalisms and ideologies
Clashes of civilizations, and geopolitical maps

4. A Muslim agenda of society of the future - islamists without deformations
"Muslim Brotherhood" and integrality of morality and material development
"Convention of Pledge" (Hasan al-Banna)
Islam and civil society (Rachid al-Ghannouchi, al-Nahda, Abdul Karim Soroush, Hasan Turabi Mehdi Bazargan,Ali Yazdi, Ayatollah Taleqani)

Liberal Islam (Chandra Muzaffa, Subhi Mahmassani, Mohamed Talbi, silent shari’a, Humayun Kabir, Syed Vahiduddin, Abdurrahman Wahid, Farid Esack, Amina Wadud-Muhsin, Abdullahi An-Na’im

Bielawski, J., Islam - religia państwa i prawa (Islam – religion of the state and law)
Danecki, J., Arabowie (The Arabs)
Danecki, J., Polityczne funkcje islamu (Political functions of Islam)
Fanon, F., L’An V de la revolution algerienne
Fryzeł, T., Arabska my¶l socjalistyczna (The Arab socialist thought)
Gellner, E., Nations and nationalism
Lewis, B., Arabs in History
Robinson, F. (red.), History of Islamic world
Robinson, F., Atlas of the Islamic World since 1500
Sourdel, J., D., Islamic civilization
Zdanowski, J., Bracia Muzułmanie i inni (Muiuslim-Brothers and others)
Hourani, Albert, Historia Arabów
Additional articles by 20th-century writers: al-Mawdudi, Attahhan, al-Usajmin, Hussain and others, published by Muslim Students Association in Poland <back>


Wrocław, 01.10.2003