This course aims to address the following questions: Are Islam and Democracy compatible? How is religious interest defined? How are Islamic images and institutions used? What is the historical relationship between Islam and politics?When and under what conditions is Islam publicized and politicized? Is Islam compatible with modernity? Is it possibleto be modern and Muslim at the same time? How do Islamic scholars deal with the questions of "difference", democracy,and science? What are the social and political origins of reformist and democratically inclined Islamist parties andmovements? How do they envision the relationship between Islam and democracy?