The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

Summer 2017 (July 3 – August 13)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pm
194 Mercer, Room 209

Instructor: Shimrit Lee
Office: Kevorkian Center, 255 Sullivan St, 2nd Floor
Office Hours: Thursday, 11:00-12:00, Kevo 201

This course surveys the emergence of the modern Middle East from the 19th century to the contemporary period. We will examine specific historical trends and events involving the people and governments of the region, including the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, colonization and imperialism, the emergence of nation-states, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and major uprisings. For the purposes of this course, the Middle East and North Africa is defined as the Arabic speaking world, Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The course will introduce you to the main events in the modern Middle East through the joint approaches of history and cultural studies. Class discussions will combine analyses of scholarly and historical writings with cultural products such as film, literature, photography and graphic novels. The broader objective of the course is to encourage you to develop analytical skills through engagement in comparative analysis, prevailing theoretical approaches across disciplines, and critical readings of diverse sources.

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