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

491. Proseminar on the Arab World. (3). (SS).

This course, the second of a two-part sequence, 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 Pan-arabism, oil politics, Islamic fundamentalism, the Lebanese civil war and U.S. policy in the region. The course will be organized into two hours of lectures and one hour of discussion each week. Undergraduates will write a series of critical book reviews and take a final examination. Graduate students will, in addition, write a paper of a synthetic and critical nature. Although there are no prerequisites for this course, students with no prior background in Near Eastern studies should be prepared to do extra reading.


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