Graduate Seminar: The Modern Near East

This course will explore the history of the Middle East, as well as southeast Europe and the wider world, through the lens of the legacies of the Ottoman Empire. The tumult of the post-WWI period brought revolutionary modernism to much of the former Ottoman lands, but certain types of institutions, networks, and cultural rhythms persisted from the Ottoman period long into the second half of the twentieth century, and as is apparent in contemporary Middle Eastern politics and culture, there is a resurgence of interest in an Ottoman past that was once actively suppressed by many Ottoman successor states. This course will proceed through four themes: how nation-states defined themselves in concert and contrast with their imperial pasts; the persistence and reinvention of Ottoman institutions, particularly religious institutions; transnational networks and their reconfiguration after the fall of the empire; and the multivalent presence of imperial nostalgia.






Spring 2020

James Ryan
R: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM KEVO LL2