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Fall 2017-2018
* NES 201 / HIS 223 (HA)   na, npdf

Introduction to the Middle East

Michael A. Cook

A sweep through Middle Eastern history, globally contextualized. Weeks 1-6 treat the rise of Islam, the Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, 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.

Sample reading list:
The Qur'an (selections)
Ibn Khaldun (selections)
Memoirs of a Spanish Muslim (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) quiz; (3) final exam.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 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
20160 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th   McCosh Hall   66   Enrolled:43 Limit:100
20161 P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   208   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
21368 P02 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
21369 P03 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   208   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
23026 P04 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   208   Enrolled:10 Limit:15