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Fall 2015-2016
* NES 201 / HIS 223 (HA)   na, npdf

Introduction to the Middle East

Cyrus Schayegh

A broad background that could help you understand the complicated relationship between the United States and the Middle East. We reach back into the Middle Eastern past--the rise of Islam, the Caliphate, the coming of the Turks, the European expansion, the discovery of 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 religious extremism has increased, why democratic aspirations erupted in an "Arab Spring," 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.

Requirements/Grading:
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
21432 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th   Architecture Building   N101   Enrolled:86 Limit:100
21433 P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   209   Enrolled:16 Limit:19
21434 P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   209   Enrolled:17 Limit:19
21435 P03 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   209   Enrolled:14 Limit:19
21436 P04 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:14 Limit:19
21437 P05 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
23585 P06 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:10 Limit:15