REL 239
The Modern Middle East Fall 2018 Division II; Difference, Power, and Equity; Cross-listed as JWST217 / ARAB207 / HIST207 / REL239 / GBST101 / LEAD207

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This survey course addresses the main economic, religious, political and cultural trends in the modern Middle East. Topics to be covered include the cultural diversity of the Middle East, relations with Great Powers, the impact of imperialism, the challenge of modernity, the creation of nation states and nationalist ideologies, the discovery of oil, radical religious groups, and war and peace. Throughout the course these significant changes will be evaluated in light of their impact on the lives of a variety of individuals in the region and especially how they have grappled differently with increasing Western political and economic domination.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 30-40
Class#: 1234
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, two short papers, quizzes, midterm, and final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History & Arabic majors, and Jewish studies concentrators; completion of course admission survey if overenrolled
Distributions: Division II; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ARAB DPE: This course introduces students to the incredible diversity of the Middle East and offers a critical assessment of difference, power, and equity in the Middle East. In particular it will explore how people of different backgrounds and in different situations have responded in diverse ways to the problems of the day. Students will acquire the critical tools to assess a number of interpretations of the past and how to understand and appreciate the many narratives in the Middle East today that have profound political and cultural implications.
Attributes: GBST Middle Eastern Studies Electives; HIST Group E Electives - Middle East; JWST Elective Courses; LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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