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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2007

HIS 306N • Introduction to the Middle East: Adjustment and Change in

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Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to the main historical themes of the modern Middle East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While most of the course will focus on the Arab world, the states of Turkey, Israel, and Iran will be covered as well. The course will be divided into eight units: the first five will provide a narrative history of the region and explore major historical trends. In the last three units we will use this historical context to examine contemporary developments and debates in the region. Students will leave this course with an appreciation for the diversity of the region and its cultures, and a better understanding of the way in which recent events in the Middle East fit into larger, historical developments.

Grading Policy

Short quizzes -15% Test 1 -20% Test 2 - 20% Short paper - 20% Final Exam - 25%


--William Cleveland, A History of the Modern Middle East, 3rd ed. --James L. Gelvin, The Modern Middle East: A History. --R. Stephen Humphries, Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age.


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