This single semester course is an in-depth introduction to the intriguing history, religious life, and politics of the Middle East. Focusing on the region’s confrontation with the West since Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798, students will learn how European colonialism introduced modern and secular ideas into the Middle East, creating tensions with traditional patterns of belief and culture. Students will explore how the actions of Western colonizers encouraged the region’s political affairs to become weak and unstable. The course also examines the conflicts between Israel and its regional neighbors, the role of Islamic revivalist movements, and the impact of oil.
The following books are included in this course package:
The Modern Middle East syllabus
The Middle East Today (Routledge, 2009)
Midaq Alley (Anchor Books, 1995)
Please note: At this time, there is no Teacher Manual available for this course.