Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Graduate Topics in NELC: Theory and Method in Middle East Historiography
N695 | 20037 | Martin, Kevin


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.