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Fall 2011-2012
* NES 283 / HIS 266 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

People and Societies in the Modern Middle East

Cyrus Schayegh

Starting with the 19th century and peaking in a detailed discussion of the 2011 Arab Spring, this class examines how large-scale historical changes have shaped, and been shaped by, people's lives in the Middle East. Using scholarly texts and a wide range of primary sources such as films, novels, and printed documents, we examine the social dimensions of nationalism, authoritarian state building, urbanization, changing gender roles, and oil production (20th century), and of Ottoman State reforms, international trade and colonialism (19th century).

Sample reading list:
Joel Beinin, Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East
Milen Petrov, Subattern Reactions to Ottoman Reforms
Quintan Wiktorowicz (ed.), Islamic Activism: A Social Movement Theory Approach
Qasim Amin, The Liberation of Women (1899) (social critique)
Abdel Rahman Sharqawi, Egyptian Earth (1954) (novel)
Tahani Rached, Four Women of Egypt (1997) (film)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 pp/week

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Quizzes - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20087 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Frist Campus Center   307   Enrolled:13 Limit:30