Courses in Near Eastern and North African Studies (Division 440)

490. Proseminar on Iran, Turkey and the Gulf. (3). (Excl).

This is a seminar on Iran, Turkey and the Gulf. The course will focus on their recent historical background and contemporary social and political developments: the emergence of nation-states, urbanization, changing social and economic relations, the appearance of new social groups and the contest between religious and national sentiments for the political allegiance of the peoples of the region. This is not an introductory course, but a course designed to help students become familiar with basic issues and problems in the field, as well as with the basic bibliography which pertains to these issues and problems. It should provide students with a common fund of the concepts and methods familiar to scholars working in the Middle Eastern Anthropology, economics, geography, history, history of art, literature or political science. The course will include lectures by Center faculty, visiting scholars and Professor Kolars. The format will be an hour's lecture followed by an hour's discussion. Students are expected to participate in the discussion and to write a term paper. Prospective students should have had at least one course on the Near East. (Kolars)

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