HISTORY 302 - Topics in History
Section: 002 Tribe, Community, Nation: The History of Kurds and the Middle East
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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The history of the Kurdish people is not only a history of a people; it is also the history of the Middle East. In this course we will explore the 'ethnic question', tribalism and the national movement of the Kurds in the context of an Islamic society. Beginning with the Çaldiran War that divided the Kurdish region, we will study the sectarian division of the Muslim world between the two empires (Sunni Ottoman and Shiite Persian). On the one hand we will examine the clashes of Muslim and Christian societies under the attacks of the Orthodox Russian Empire during the 19th century, on the other we will study the Kurdish rebellions against Westernization and the centralization of the Ottoman Empire.

At the end of the World War I, the political boundaries of the Middle East were redrawn in line with the oil interests of the Great Powers. Understanding Kurdish history in this period requires an examination of the Iraqi and Syrian Baath regimes, Turkey’s Kemalist regime, Iran’s imperial and Islamic regimes as well as the Soviet Union’s Middle East politics. Finally, the West’s Middle East politics and today’s conjectural developments shaped since 1991 will also be studied. Weekly discussions will be conducted in reference to current events, with special attention paid to the Western politics in the region and the neighboring states’ policies.

HISTORY 302 - Topics in History
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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