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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2006

GOV 314 • 3- Introduction to the Middle East

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37700 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
UTC 3.112

Course Description

Does not fulfil any part of the legistlative requirement. This survey course is an introduction to the history, politics, and societies of the modern Middle East. Beginning with general background on the region in the pre-modern period, it reviews the major transformations of the last two centuries, with a focus on the domestic, regional and international forces that have shaped Middle Eastern realities during the twentieth century. The lectures and readings cover both the specific developments in the various Middle Eastern countries and broader regional issues shaping the contemporary Middle East, including the patterns of authoritarian rule, the challenges of social and economic development, the rise and impact of Islamic political movements, the dynamics of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the politics of oil, and the role of the United States in the region.

Grading Policy

first midterm exam - 25%; second midterm exam  25%; final exam  40%; short paper  10%.


William Cleveland, A History of the Modern Middle East, 3rd edition, 2004. R. Stephen Humphreys, Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age.


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