Sovereignty and Monarchy in the Arab World


This course focuses on the history of sovereignty in Arab monarchies in the twentieth century. Sovereignty is a fundamental legal, philosophical, political, geographical, and even cultural concept. The readings critically explore the idea of sovereignty as a historically changing and context-dependent concept. What is sovereignty? What types of sovereignties can we distinguish? How have new Arab nation-states claimed sovereign status within the global order? How is sovereignty related to the ability to govern? In addition to the history of ideas and law, we explore the local perception of sovereignty in monarchies, and the symbolism and material culture of the Arab kingdoms. Instructor: Mestyan
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • R
  • W
  • CZ
  • SS
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring