Spring 2017 - HIST 151 D900

The Modern Middle East (3)

Class Number: 3948

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SUR 5100, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 12, 2017
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SUR 3310, Surrey



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.


This course examines the history of that the Middle East from the late eighteenth century to the present. It provides an informed and critical perspective on the history of the region with an emphasis on social, political and religious developments.  Specifically, the course covers the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, the Fertile Crescent, Iran, and Turkey. A prominent theme of this course is that the passing of the Ottoman Empire is of seminal importance to our understanding of the challenges facing the Middle East today. From Napoleon’s Egyptian expedition to the Arab Spring, students will examine the impact of European methods and practices, alongside cultural-specific responses of emerging nation-states.  Although political currents are considered in depth, much discussion is devoted to associate intellectual, cultural, and economic developments. Accordingly, we will follow current events, and students are encouraged to bring to class stories from the media on subjects related to the major issues of the course.  The instructor will also periodically share links to articles in newspapers and journals.


  • Four, in-class quizzes 20%
  • Research Assignment 20%
  • In-class midterm examination 25%
  • Final examination 35%



William L. Cleveland and Martin Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East, sixth Edition (Westview, 2016).

Marvin E. Gettleman and Stuart Schaar, eds., The Middle East and Islamic World Reader, third edition (Grove, 2012).

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