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

Fall 2005

HIS 331J • History of the Arab World

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38530 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Course Description

This survey course is an introduction to the history, politics, and societies of the Arab Middle East, with a principal focus on the last two centuries. Beginning with the rise of Islam and the Arab conquests in the Middle East, the course reviews the main developments in the history of the Arabs in the medieval period, their experience as part of the Ottoman Empire for four centuries, the emergence of the modern Arab state system after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, and the eventful developments since. The lectures and readings cover both the specific developments in the various Arab countries and some broader regional issues, including the nature of the regimes, the social and economic challenges, the Islamic political movements, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the politics of oil, and the role of the United States in the region. Recent events have highlighted the importance of an informed understanding of these broader issues.

Grading Policy

Papers - 30%; midterm - 30%; final - 40%.


William L. Cleveland, A History of the Modern Middle East, 3rd edition, 2004. James L. Gelvin, The Modern Middle East: A History, 2005. R. Stephen Humphreys, Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age, 1999 (selections).


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