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Fall 2011-2012
* NES 201 / HIS 223 (HA)   na, npdf

Introduction to the Middle East

Michael A. Cook
Cyrus Schayegh

A broad background that could help you understand why the Middle East and the United States are increasingly at odds with each other. We reach back into the Middle Eastern past--the rise of Islam, the Caliphate, the coming of the Turks, the European expansion, the discovery if oil--and use these developments to explain the unsettled political, social, economic, and religious landscape of the region today. Thus we will set ourselves to explain why Turkey is a secular republic whereas Iran is an Islamic one, why so many Arab governments confront threats from violent religious radicals, and what role oil plays in all this.

Sample reading list:
Koran (selections)
Ibn Hisham, Life of Muhammad (selections)
Ibn Khaldun, Muqaddimah (selections)
Sayyid Qutb, (selections)
Ayman al-Zawahiri, Letter to Zarqawi
Osama Bin Laden, Messages to the World (selections)

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 70 pages of reading a week. Writing: One four-page paper, midterm exam, final exam.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Freshmen are encouraged to enroll..

Other information:
There will be background reading, but the main focus will be on close study of short primary-source texts; these are to be read the way historians read them.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20088 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T Th   McCosh Hall   66   Enrolled:58 Limit:63
P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
P02 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
P03 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
P04 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   206   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
P05 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:9 Limit:15