MES 381 • STATE AND SOCIETY IN THE 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, and the patterns of center-province relations in the Ottoman state. A more detailed description will be provided in class.
Class participation 15% Research paper 45% Book reviews 30% Oral presentation 10%
The required reading includes a course reader and the following books: Colonialism & Revolution in the Middle East: Social & Cultural Origins of Egypt's 'Urabi Movement; More information regarding textbooks will be provided by the instructor.