Fall 2023 - HIST 151 D100
The Modern Middle East (3)
Class Number: 3475
Delivery Method: In Person
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.
A SURVEY OF CHANGING SOCIETIES
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.
- 1500-word essay, based on novel accessible to all students 20%
- In-class mid-term examination 30%
- Final examination 40%
- Tutorial participation 10%
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[N.B. All texts will be available through the SFU library website, at no cost to students.]
- Betty Anderson, A History of the Modern Middle East: Rulers, Rebels, and Rogues (Stanford University Press, 2016), https://doi-org.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/10.1515/9780804798754
- Tawfiq al-Hakim, Return of the Spirit, trans. William Maynard Hutchins (Penguin, 2019), https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/lib/sfu-ebooks/detail.action?docID=6063226
- journal articles and primary sources accessible through SFU library website
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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