The Modern Middle East|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies|
This course surveys the history, culture, and religion of the contemporary Middle East. Emphasis is on the historical roots of current problems. These include the Arab-Israeli conflict, Westernization vs. Islam, U.S. involvement in the region, Turkish and Kurdish nationalisms, and the Sunni-Shia divide within Islam. Finally, the course will address the causes of the Arab Spring and discuss the ongoing turmoil, including the rise of Da'ish/Islamic State, that reform movements unleashed.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(SISP-Hist Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
William Cleveland & Martin Bunton, A HISTORY OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST, 5th ed., ISBN 078-0-8133-4833-9
Alaa Al Aswany, THE YACOUBIAN BUILDING; ISBN:978-0060878139
Vali Nasr, THE SHIA REVIVAL; ISBN:978-0393329681
Other readings on electronic reserve at Olin Library.
|Examination and Assignments: |
3 in-class quizzes. Two 5-7 page papers on assigned topics. Final Registrar-scheduled exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and class participation will be factored into final grade
|Instructor(s): Masters,Bruce A. Times: .M.W.F. 10:50AM-11:40AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 3||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 30||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 10||FR: 10|