Fall 2022 - HIST 151 D100

The Modern Middle East (3)

Class Number: 3944

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 10011, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2022
    8:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    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.


News concerning the current crisis in the Middle East makes its way to headlines on a daily basis, where politicians and pundits discuss the “roots” of its problems, offering a range of solutions. This course aims to step beyond such generalizations, by way of an overview of the region’s modern history. This approach 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. From Napoleon’s Egyptian expedition to the rise of ISIS, students will examine the impact of European imperialism, the emergence of nation-states, and further developments in the region.  Although political currents are considered in depth, much discussion is devoted to associate intellectual, cultural, and economic developments.


  • Midterm 20%
  • Participation 20%
  • Term Paper 20%
  • Final Exam 40%



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


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