491. Proseminar on the Arab World. (3). (SS).
This course provides a thematic overview of major issues in the history and politics of the Arab World since World War I. Various methodological approaches to the study of the Arab world will be critically examined. Topics to be covered include colonialism and imperialism, Arab nationalism and Panarabism, oil politics, the position of women, intellectual history, Islamic fundamentalism, the Lebanese civil war and U.S. policy in the region. The course will be organized into one hour of lectures and one hour of discussion each week. Students will write a research paper; papers by graduate students must be original and either based on primary sources or reviewing other scholars' approaches to a problem. (Prerequisite: History 443 or equivalent or instructor's permission.) (Cole)
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