Medieval Political Thought
POLISCI 391PT and MIDEAST 391 PT
Professor Yasmeen Daifallah
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:15pm
This course surveys the major political thinkers of the medieval period in both the Islamic and Western traditions. The course begins with reading the political works of two ancient thinkers, Plato and Aristotle, whose writings have had considerable influence on medieval political and religious philosophy. The course then examines the political writings of al-Farabi, St. Augustine, Avicenna, Averroes, Thomas Aquinas, and al-Ghazali, among others. In reading these texts, the course focuses on how each of these thinkers a) formulates the relationship between human reason and revelation, b) conceives of legitimate political rule, and c) visualizes the relationship between the ruler and the ruled.