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Fall 2012-2013
* NES 337 / HIS 334 (HA)  

The Making of the Modern Middle East

Max D. Weiss

An introduction to the political, social, intellectual, and cultural history of the Middle East from the late eighteenth century to the present, with particular focus on the Arab world, Iran, Israel, and Turkey. Emphasis is on reading and interpreting primary sources in English translation, including literature, film and other visual culture.

Sample reading list:
James Gelvin, The Modern Middle East: A History, Third Edition
Akram Khater, Sources in the History of the Modern Middle East
Irfan Orga, Portrait of a Turkish Family
Ulfat Idilbi, Sabriya: Damascus Bitter Sweet
Waguih Ghali, Beer in the Snooker Club
Ghassan Kanafani, Palestine's Children: Returning to Haifa and Other Stories

Reading/Writing assignments:
200-250 pages of reading per week. Two papers, take-home midterm, final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20254 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   McCosh Hall   46   Enrolled:37 Limit:80
P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:11 Limit:12
P02 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   30   Enrolled:6 Limit:12
P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   East Pyne Building   027   Enrolled:9 Limit:12
P04 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:4 Limit:12
P05 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:7 Limit:12