2013 - 2014
Undergraduate Catalogue

HS393  The Making of the Modern Middle East     (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: HS101. An introduction to the history of the modern Middle East that examines the political, economic, social, and cultural institutions and forces that have most profoundly affected the region in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The emphasis throughout is on identifying the ways in which specific events and long-term processes have informed social and political reality in the contemporary Middle East. Study is focused on a number of significant political, social, economic, and cultural developments and movements, including (but not limited to) the rise and formation of modern nation states; the role of imperialist and colonial powers in the region; the emergence of nationalism; regional conflicts; the rise of Islamism; and the evolution of ethnic, class, and gender identities. Class meetings consist of lectures, discussions, and the occasional film screening. GT

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