Section Information for Fall 2020
This course treats the Modern Middle East in the twentieth century by focusing on Iran, Turkey, Egypt, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the Arab Spring. Thought, politics, economy and international relations will be examined from social and cultural perspectives. Major themes include colonialism, the Cold War, modernity, popular culture, religion, ideological currents and political economy. By examining the intricate historical processes and experiences of Middle Eastern peoples the course will seek answers to such widely debated questions as political Islam, sectarianism, nationalism, development, identity, and gender issues. The course will feature four historical movies for discussion and debate as well as short representative documents on critical events, issues and turning points from the history of the region.
HIST 387 DL9 is a distance education section.
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