MENAS 334 - Selected Topics in Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Section: 001 'Missionary' America and the Near East (19th-Early 20th Centuries)
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS)
Department: LSA II: Middle Eastern and North African Studies
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Meets January 14 – February 1, 2008.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will explore modern American self-understanding in its peculiar interaction with a symbolically very near "Near East," when American presence in the Ottoman world, up to World War I, was primarily as missionary work.

Among the topics to be considered are missionary strategies and concrete encounters on the ground. American missionaries first focused on the Jews to be "restored to Palestine and to Jesus", as a precondition of the global millennium; then they reoriented themselves towards the Armenians of Asia Minor to be made agents of a "revived Christianity" within a reformed Ottoman Empire; and finally, after 1908, they set their hopes on a modern "Young Turkey" but were traumatically deluded in World War I. We will examine that seminal break and ask what has been the impact of the heritage of mission and trauma on U.S. relationship with the post- ttoman world to the present.

This course has no prerequisites, and is open for undergraduates. This course will be taught by a visiting professor, Hans-Lukas Kieser.

MENAS 334 - Selected Topics in Near and Middle Eastern Studies
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001 (LEC)
MW 5:00PM - 7:30PM
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