The Emergence of The Modern Middle East


This is a survey course covering the emergence of the modern Middle East from 19th century to the contemporary era through history and culture. The class discussions will engage with prominent regional and national periods and events in history through texts and cultural products of the Arabic speaking world, Iran, and Turkey. In addition to textbook readings and scholarly articles, students will explore the history of Modern Middle East via film, literature, pop culture, and arts. The course aims to familiarize students with main events in the modern Middle East, and cultural products of the region while introducing prominent approaches in history and cultural studies disciplines. NOT OPEN TO PRECOLLEGE STUDENTS.

Surveys main political, social, economic, and intellectual currents of the 20th century. Emphasis on historical background and development of current problems in the region. Topics include imperialism, nationalism, religion, Orientalism, women, class formation, oil, the Arab-Israeli crisis, and the Iranian revolution.

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Summer 2018

Alex Cobb Boodrookas
MW: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM BOBS 836
Rustin Zarkar
MW: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM; MW: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM WAVE 570