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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42490 W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
GAR 1.122

Course Description

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 Ottoman state, the realities of non-elite groups, the absorption of the region into the international economic and state systems, and the specific Middle Eastern path to modernity.

Grading Policy

Class participation 15% Research paper 45% Book reviews 30% Oral presentation 10%


The required reading includes a course reader and the following books: 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. Khoury, Dina Rizk. State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire: Mosul, 1540-1834. 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.


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