Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Topics in Middle Eastern Cultures and Societies: The Making of the Modern Middle East
N204 | 28064 | Martin, Kevin


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. The emphasis throughout will be on identifying the way in
which specific events and long-term processes have informed social and
political reality in the contemporary Middle East. 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.