History | The Modern Middle East
C300 | 6183 | Grehan
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
Above section meets with NELC N394
This is an undergraduate survey of the social, political, and
economic history of the Middle East since the eighteenth century.
We will focus our attention on the broad swath of territory covering
contemporary Turkey, Iran, Egypt, and the states of the Fertile
Crescent and Arabian Peninsula. The entire region has experienced
profound transformation and upheaval in modern times, and our main
objective will be to understand the formation of its many different
societies as we know them today. Among the themes that we will
examine are: the challenge of European imperialism and the Middle
Eastern response to it; the creation of the modern system of states
after the First World War; the legacy of colonial rule; movements
for independence and the post-colonial order after the Second World
War; the influence of Western ideas such as liberalism, secularism,
nationalism, and socialism; the place of women in Middle Eastern
societies; the rise of Islamist political movements; the Arab-
Israeli conflict; and the political and economic consequences of
oil wealth. No previous course work on the Middle East is required.
William L. Cleveland, "A History of the Modern Middle East"
Akram Fouad Khater, "Sources in the History of the Modern Middle
Naguib Mahfouz, "Midaq Alley"
Grading will be based on attendance/participation, a map quiz, 2
short essays, midterm, and final exam.