07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M
Peterson Hall 1106
Section Information for Spring 2023
Why and how do revolutions happen? Social scientists have been offering general theoretical and analytical frameworks of analysis for the “why” question. Historians, however, are more interested with the “how” side of the problem. This history course investigates major mass movements, uprisings, and revolutions in the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the Arab Uprisings of the past decade. As in other regions of the world, Middle Eastern history is replete with social activism. Yet, only a few had a marked effect on the trajectory of history and produced a new order. The course will focus on a select number of revolutions with a major impact, including those undertaken by Sufis, students, slaves, secret societies, militaries, political parties, and sectarian groups. For each case, principal actors and participants, ideologies, main events, reforms, symbolism, and artistic representations will be identified and analyzed with respect to the broader regional and global contexts. Across various Middle Eastern societies, cultural, material, and institutional roots of revolutionism will be examined. While mass movements will be studied case by case, the perennial question of whether Middle Eastern societies are inherently prone to revolutionary activity will be discussed throughout.
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Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.