ARAB 409 Crescent, Cross, and Star. Religion and Politics in the Middle East (D) (W)

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as INST409, HIST409
Is religion the most powerful force in the Middle East? Is religion becoming more prominent in the political sphere and what impact will that have on religious minorities and the status of women in the Middle East? Using a case study and historical approach, this course will consider the development of religiously inspired political ideologies in the Middle East in the 19th and 20th century. We will explore the experience of Iran, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan and evaluate role of religious actors, institutions, and ideologies in constructing national identities, policymaking, state-building, regime change, conflict, and war.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation and a 25-page research paper
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none; preference will be given to History, Jewish Studies and Arabic Studies Majors and to those who have taken History 207
Enrollment Preference: History majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ARAB
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives,INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives,JWST Elective Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1459
ARAB 409 SEM Religion, Politics in Mid East (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Magnus T. Bernhardsson
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