History | Colloq in Middle Eastern History
H685 | 30112 | K. Martin


Topic:  Theory and Method in Middle East Historiography
Open to graduates only, meets with NELC-N 695

What is historiography? Does the historiography of the Middle East
display defining characteristics that distinguish it from, for
example, European or Latin American historiography? Can the study
and analysis of Middle East historiography reveal as much about
Western perspectives of the Middle East as it does about the
actual “history” of the region? Using these broad questions as
points of departure, this course will survey the Western canon of
historical writing on the region we now know as the Middle East. In
the process, it will seek to place this body of literature in the
context of larger historical and historiographic trends by reviewing
major theoretical and methodological developments in the humanities
and social sciences, examining their employment in concrete research
projects focusing on the Middle East, and analyzing the resulting
debates that have ensued within the profession. This course is
designed for NELC graduate students and those in History who have an
interest in the Middle East.