Spring 2023 - HIST 151 D900

The Modern Middle East (3)

Class Number: 4810

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Mon, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2023
    Fri, 8:30–11:30 a.m.



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 introduces students to the major themes of the last two centuries of Middle Eastern history and seeks to promote an understanding of the background to the current conflicts in this important region of the world.

The course begins with a study of politics and society in the late Ottoman Empire and Qajar Iran; it then traces the forces that transformed these states and societies and examines the efforts of Middle Eastern women and men to shape, resist or deal with change.

The second half of the course focuses on the period since World War I. It examines the era of Anglo-French dominance in the aftermath of the Ottoman defeat, the creation of a secular Turkish republic, the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the successes and failures of the Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak regimes in Egypt, the rise of Palestinian nationalism, the role of political Islam in Turkey, Iran, and Egypt, and the challenges to authoritarian rule in these countries during the opening decade of the 21st century.


  • 1600-word review essay (The essay will be based on materials distributed to all students) 25%
  • Mid-term examination 25%
  • Final examination 35%
  • Tutorial participation 15%



William L. Cleveland and Martin Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East. 6th edition (Boulder: Westview Press, 2016).

Marvin E. Gettleman and Stuart Schaar, The Middle East and Islamic World Reader. Revised and expanded edition (New York: Grove Press, 2012).


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