Are you interested in Arab revolutions? In Islam and nationalism? In the history of Arab wars with Israel and the Palestinian struggle? The goal of this introductory course is to help you to read, think, and write critically about the region usually referred to as the modern Middle East. We shall survey the fundamental events and struggles through a political, social, and cultural history of the region from the mid-eighteenth century until today. First, we look at empires, and we explore the transformation of the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century, then we will follow the twentieth-century history of Arab nation-states with brief comparisons to Iran and Turkey.
Law and Governance
Africa & the Middle East