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REL 239
The Modern Middle East Fall 2019
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed HIST 207 / ARAB 207 / GBST 101 / REL 239 / LEAD 207 / JWST 217

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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: Format: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 30-40
Class#: 1194
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, two short papers, quizzes, midterm, and final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History & Arabic majors, and Jewish studies concentrators; completion of course admission survey if overenrolled
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 207 Division II ARAB 207 Division II GBST 101 Division II REL 239 Division II LEAD 207 Division II JWST 217 Division II
DPE Notes: This course introduces students to the incredible diversity of the Middle East. 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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