Fall 2020 - HIST 151 D100
The Modern Middle East (3)
Class Number: 3399
Delivery Method: Remote
An introductory survey of the changing societies of the Middle East since 1800. Emphasis will be placed on familiarizing students with the basic aspects of Islamic society, the influence of European imperialism, the modernization of traditional societies, the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the social and political ferment in the period since the Second World War. Breadth-Humanities.
The Middle East is frequently described as a “problem region” by journalists and policymakers, where passion prevails over reason, where primordial loyalties are privileged over socio-economic or political coalitions. This course aims to step beyond such generalizations, by way of an overview of the region's modern history. This overview will provide a context with which students can approach further work in modern Middle Eastern studies. Perhaps more importantly, the course will, in its own right, enable students to adopt an informed, critical perspective on the region's current conflicts and challenges. Specifically, the course covers Egypt, Turkey, Iran, the Fertile Crescent, and the Arabian Peninsula. After surveying the Ottoman world in the nineteenth century, students will examine the emergence of the principal nation-states of the Middle East in the wake of the First World War. Although political currents are considered in depth, much discussion is devoted to associated social, intellectual, cultural, and economic developments.
Course delivery: Lectures will be uploaded to Canvas for individual viewing by students before the week’s tutorial. Tutorials will be conducted synchronously via Zoom. The instructor will hold periodic question-and-answer and review sessions synchronously via Zoom (or comparable application) for the entire class.
- 1500-word essay, based on materials distributed to all students 20%
- Take-home mid-term examination 30%
- Take-home final examination 40%
- Tutorial participation 10%
- Please note that almost all teaching at SFU in Fall 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.
- Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.
William Cleveland and Martin Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East, sixth edition (Westview Press, 2016).
Tawfiq al-Hakim, Return of the Spirit, trans. William Maynard Hutchins (Penguin Books, 2019).
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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2020
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