HISTORY 443 - Modern Middle East History
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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Starting in December of 2010 a wave of revolutionary demonstrations, protests, civil wars and riots swept across the region that we refer to as the Middle East. From the Tunisian uprising triggered by the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi, to the challenges to the neo-liberal policies of the Erdogan regime in Turkey, anti-corruption protests in Lebanon, the call for democratic change in the region has been perceived as an unprecedented awakening of Middle Eastern society. This course instead will look at the long tradition of social protests and dissident movements in the region. Moreover, we will work against conventional wisdom that thinks the region to be culturally predisposed and "susceptible to irrational political radicalism, authoritarianism, and terrorism." Instead, this course will highlight the contentious politics of the poor, women, the working classes, dissident youth and intelligentsia, and various forms of Islamism as responses to socio-economic and political problems and constraints within their historical context. We will utilize Social Movement Theory, a popular field of study in European and North American social sciences, to help us understand some of the underlying dynamics of contentious politics in the Middle East, while at the same time challenging its presumed universal applicability. Through case studies from the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, we will ask: What are the variant reasons for people to contest power? How do people mobilize? Why are some movements institutionalized while others are short-lived and transitory? What kinds of media facilitate mobilization? And what might be their meanings in the national, regional and international contexts? The course materials are made up of academic articles, social biographies, memoirs, music, art, and poetry to provide broad social and cultural insights into contentious politics in the Middle East.

Course Requirements:

Take-home midterm, book review, final research paper

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion


HISTORY 443 - Modern Middle East History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
002 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
004 (DIS)
 In Person
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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