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

Spring 2005

MES 301L • Introduction to the Middle East: Adjustment and Change in Modern Times

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39500 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
UTC 3.112

Course Description

This survey course is an introduction to the history, politics, and cultures of the modern Middle East. After a review of the great transformations of the last hundred years, it examines a number of themes that shed light on the realities and challenges of the region, including the structure of regimes and the attempts at democratization; socioeconomic conditions and the restructuring of the Middle Eastern economies; the Islamic movements and the politics of religion; the role of the military in society; the Arab-Israeli conflict and the peace process; and the place of the region in international relations. 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.

Grading Policy

Papers - 20%; midterm - 35%; final - 45%.


Roger Owen, State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East (1992) Michael Field, Inside the Arab World (1994)


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