HIS 388K • STATE & SOCIETY IN MIDDLE EAST
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
This graduate seminar is devoted to exploring the Middle East and its historical dynamics during the last two centuries or so of Ottoman imperial rule. It examines the realities of state and society before the great transformations of the nineteenth century and the ways in which domestic and external forces reshaped various aspects of the region's politics, economy, social relations, and culture to create distinct adaptations to modernity. The readings include recent case studies and social histories that illuminate issues important for understanding this critical transition period in Middle Eastern history. The texts and discussions will serve as a springboard for addressing the historiographical debates and broader issues underlying the scholarship on the period, such as the interplay between state and society, the patterns of center-province relations in the later Ottoman state, the world of non-elite groups, the absorption of the region into the international economic and state systems, and the distinct Middle Eastern path to modernity. The seminar sessions are organized around a general discussion of the topics and assigned readings for each week.
Class participation-20%; research paper¬¬40%; book reviews30%; oral presentation of the research paper10%.
Cole, Juan. Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East: Social and Cultural Origins of Egypt's 'Urabi Movement. Doumani, Beshara. Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900. Fortna, Benjamin. Imperial Classroom: Islam, the State, and Education in the Late Ottoman Empire. Hourani, Albert. Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, 1798-1939. Kayali, Hasan. Arabs and Young Turks: Ottomanism, Arabism, and Islamism in the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1918. Marcus, Abraham. The Middle East on the Eve of Modernity: Aleppo in the Eighteenth Century. Owen, Roger. The Middle East in the World Economy, 1800-1914. Quataert, Donald. The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922.