MIDEAST 601 - Studies in the Modern Middle East
Fall 2023, Section 001 - Introduction to the Literature
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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Waitlist Capacity:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
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This course introduces students at the graduate level to the contemporary historiography of the modern Middle East. We will consider and discuss recent pathbreaking monographs on the impact of climate change, early modern trade, slavery, gender, colonialism, nationalism and class conflict as a way of considering not only the contours of the region's modern history but the tools and concepts now being deployed to unpack them.

Course Requirements:

Grading is based upon class attendance and active participation in the discussion, showing firm grasp of the reading matter, active participation at the class Discussion tab at Canvas, and three short 7-page (typed double-spaced) analytical explorations of one or more of the readings in the class (these are not book reviews and comparison and contrast is encouraged). Attendance is obligatory and missing a seminar class is very serious and should only occur in case of an emergency.

Intended Audience:

MA and PhD students interested in the historiography on the Modern Middle East.

Class Format:



MIDEAST 601 - Studies in the Modern Middle East
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001 (REC)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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