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Fall 2018-2019
* 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 incipient globalization in the region. Weeks 7-12 focus on state-society relations & political ideologies, 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) quizzes; (3) final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
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
21618 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T Th   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:52 Limit:100
21619 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   206   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
21620 P02 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
21621 P03 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   206   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
21622 P04 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   206   Enrolled:12 Limit:15