MES 301L • INTRO M EAST: ADJ/CHG MOD TIME
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
This survey course is an introduction to the history, politics, and cultures of the modern Middle East. Beginning with general background on the region in the premodern period, it reviews the major transformations of the last two centuries,with a focus on the domestic, regional, and international forces that have shaped the Middle Eastern realities during this eventful period. The course is designed to provide both a grasp of the historical development of the region in modern times and a familiarity with its present-day conditions, including the nature of its regimes, its economic and demographic conditions, the impact of the Islamic political movements, the Arab-Israeli and other regional conflicts, and the place of the region in world affairs.
Short paper - 10% First midterm exam - 25% Second midterm exam - 25% Final exam - 40%
William Cleveland, A History of the Modern Middle East, 3rd edition, 2004. R. Stephen Humphreys, Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age (selections).