HIS 350L • Making Natlism in Mid East-W
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
This seminar explores the modern European phenomenon of nationalism from a Middle Eastern perspective. After more than a century in which Middle Eastern societies strive to create solid national communities, we will consider some possible answers to the question What is Middle Eastern Nationalism? The course is designed along thematic and chronological lines; from early encounters with modern Europe, through the collapse of the Ottoman Imperial order and its replacement by the nation-state. In analyzing the importance of economy, religion, geography, history, language and war-making to the nationalization of the Middle East, we will benefit from the rich literature and the various scholarly traditions on the subject.
Rashid Khalidi, Palestinian Identity: The construction of Modern National Consciousness (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997). Roger Owen, State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East (London and New York: Routledge, 1994) Donald M. Reid, Whose Pharaohs: Archeology, Museums, And Egyptian National Identity from Napoleon to World War I (Cairo: The AUC Press, 2002) James Jankowski and Israel Gershoni, Redefining the Egyptian Nation, 1930-1945 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995) Adeed Dawisha, Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003) Yezid Sayigh, Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997) Shaul Mishal and Avraham Sela, The Palestinian Hamas: vision, violence, and coexistence (New York: Columbia University Pres, 2000) Davis Eric, Memories of State: Politics, History, and Collective Identity in Modern Iraq (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005)