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Fall 2016-2017
* NES 201 / HIS 223 (HA)   na, npdf

Introduction to the Middle East

Cyrus Schayegh

A sweep through Middle Eastern history, globally contextualized. Weeks 1-6 treat the rise of Islam, the Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, and 19th-century reforms, European imperialism, and globalization in the region. Weeks 7-12 focus on state-society relations, ideologies and cultures, and foreign actors in the 20th/21st centuries. You will come away with a basic grasp of the region's past and present and its mix of idiosyncrasies and global links. You also get a whiff of today's Middle East: NES201 ends with a simulation game - topic: the Arab Spring - where you play a state or social actor caught in the maelstrom of contemporary politics.

Sample reading list:
The Qur'an (selections)
A virtual walking tour of the Suleymaniye Mosque
The Sultan Abdul Hamid II photo collection (selections)
Gamal Abdel Nasser, The Philosophy of the Revolution (sel.)
Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel
Ussama bin Laden, Resist the New Rome

Reading/Writing assignments:
Circa 80 pages of reading a week. Writing: (1) midterm exam; (2) week 10 take-home quiz; (3) 2000-word final paper in preparation of the simulation game.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Quizzes - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

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
20338 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T Th   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:29 Limit:100
20339 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:12 Limit:11 Closed
20340 P02 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20341 P03 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20342 P04 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:8 Limit:10
20343 P05 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20344 P06 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   210   Enrolled:9 Limit:11