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Fall 2010-2011
* NES 283 (HA)  

Social History of the Modern Middle East

Cyrus Schayegh

The Middle East is more than the story of wars, elites, and ideologies. This class focuses on basic social changes that shaped that region after 1800. Through lectures and in-class discussions of a range of primary sources (literary texts, individual case studies, films, official documents), we examine the social dimensions of large-scale historical processes. These include urbanization, state formation, international trade patterns, and colonialism (19th century), and oil production, war-preparation, labor migration, economic liberalization, gender roles, and nationalism and political Islam (20th century).

Sample reading list:
Joel Beinin, Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East
Paul Dumont, Said Bey :The everyday life of an Istanbul townsman . . .
Quintan Wiktorowicz (ed.), Islamic Activism: A Social Movement Theory Approach
Qasim Amin, The Liberation of Women (1899) (social critique)
Abdel Rahman Sharqawi, Egyptian Earth (1954) (novel)
Tahani Rached, Four Women of Egypt (1997) (film)

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-150 pp/week

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Quizzes - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22520 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   Jones Hall   100   Enrolled:5 Limit:30