MIDEAST 200 - Introduction to the Middle East
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to students who have taken NEAREAST 100.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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An introductory course on the diversity of peoples, cultures and economics, and politics of the Middle East. Topics will include religion (Judaism, Islam, Christianity), cities and nomads, women in the Middle East, economic change, social and political systems, and the world's first civilization of Mesopotamia and Egypt.

How is an interdisciplinary approach to the Middle East’s past useful for understanding the Middle East today? This class focuses on four current issues and events: “Arab Spring,” sacred geography, contagion/epidemics, and slavery. Together, we will think about the history of writing and graffiti, the politics and myths surrounding the holy cities of Jerusalem and Mecca, the knowledge and perception of plagues, and the practice of slavery, to grasp the Middle East historically.

How do citizens and governments in the Middle East recall the past and use it to give meaning to the present? Whether through protest movements or as tools to legitimize power and control, we will explore how historical concepts help us see ourselves and understand the Middle East differently.

Intended Audience:

Open to all undergraduates interested in the history of the Middle East

Class Format:

Two 90-minute lectures in addition to 1-hour discussion section weekly


MIDEAST 200 - Introduction to the Middle East
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
004 (DIS)
 In Person
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
005 (DIS)
 In Person
F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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