History | The Making of the Modern Middle East
C200 | 27271 | Martin
Above class open to undergraduates only
Above class meets with NELC-N 204
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
This course will meet twice weekly. Meetings will consist of
lectures, discussions, and the occasional film presentation.
Students are expected to complete all assigned readings (30-35 pp.
per week) prior to class meetings. Each student will also complete
five formal assignments: one short essay (5-7 pages, topics to be
announced), two map quizzes, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. The
exams will follow the standard format of identification and essay.
The first map quiz is worth 5%, the second map quiz 10%, the mid-
term exam 25%, the essay 30%, and the final exam 30%.
James L. Gelvin. "The Modern Middle East: A History." 2nd ed. New
York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Marjane Satrapi. "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood." New York:
Pantheon Books, 2004.