Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | The Making of the Modern Middle East
N204 | 26034 | Martin


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.