Spring 2018 - HIST 151 D900

The Modern Middle East (3)

Class Number: 3291

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2018
    12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby



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.


All too often, the Middle East is described as a “problem region” where passion prevails over reason, where primordial loyalties are privileged over socio-economic or political factors.  This course will step beyond such generalizations, by way of an overview of the region's modern history.  It aims to equip students to develop an informed, critical perspective on the region's current conflicts and challenges — and enable them to undertake further work in modern Middle Eastern studies.  Specifically, the course covers Egypt, Turkey, Iran, the Fertile Crescent, and the Arabian Peninsula.  After surveying the Ottoman world in the 19th century, we examine the emergence of the principal nation-states of the Middle East in the wake of World War I.  While political currents are considered in depth, much discussion is devoted throughout the course to associated social, intellectual, cultural, and economic developments, including the evolving role of civil society.  Multimedia resources will supplement the course texts. 


  • Review essay (based on materials distributed to all students) 20%
  • Mid-term examination 25%
  • Final examination 35%
  • Tutorial Presentation & Contribution 20%



William L. Cleveland & Martin Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East. 6th Edition (Westview, 2016).

Marvin E. Gettleman & Stuart Schaar, The Middle East and Islamic World Reader. 3rd Edition (Grove, 2012).

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