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, 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 two hours of lecture 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 an original research paper either based on primary sources or reviewing other scholar's approaches to a problem. (Cole)
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