Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
The Making of the Modern Middle East
Course Description:
Conceived as an introduction to the history of the modern Middle East, this course will examine the political, economic, social, and cultural institutions and forces that have most profoundly shaped events in the region.

We will focus our study on a number of significant political, social, economic and cultural developments and movements, including (but not limited to): the emergence of Arab and other forms of nationalism, the rise and formation of modern nation states, the role of imperialist and colonial powers in the region, regional conflicts, the emergence of secularist and Islamist political movements,and the reformulation of class, ethnic, and gender identities.

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