Middle Eastern Studies: Sources-VT22 - Planeringar

Course introduction


Course contents
This module surveys the main political, social, economic, and intellectual currents of the Middle East since the rise of the Ottoman Empire by way of different sources scholars consult using studying the Middle East. By exploring each week a new type of source, emphasis throughout the course will remain on discovering new insights into the region. These different sources, explored by anthropologists, sociologists and historians will provide historical background to current problems in the region. Through the innovative use of primary resources, students will learn how to explore in new ways imperialism, nationalism, religion, Orientalism, women, class formation, oil, the Arab-Israeli crisis, the role of the environment, political Islam and the Arab Spring.

Teaching and examination

Readings assigned for each week should be done prior to attending each class.

The student’s performance in the course is examined by her/his ability to actively participate in the reading of these readings. Each student will submit a two-page (500 word) summary of the readings from any of the previous weeks (both Wednesday and Friday sessions). In this summary, the student must highlight the general conclusions of the readings and share several points that proved most interesting (or frustrating) about the readings. While students do not have to demonstrate a close reading of every assigned article, in these written reflections the student must prove they have read and considered all the assigned readings for that session. In the process, they are also expected to compose several questions to help begin the discussions in class. This will constitute 35% of the final performance grade. In addition, students are expected to pick a theme of interest from the readings (Pan-Arabism, Palestinian issue, Lebanese Civil War, War in Yemen) and identify at least one primary resource (or several) that directly addresses/speaks to the issue. The student will then write a critical two-page analysis of what they found in the primary source(s). To do this analysis effectively, students should contrast the different approaches discussed in class address the issues discussed in the sources. This exercise helps the student recognize the many ways one can analyze the Middle East dependent on the sources available. This assignment is worth 65% of the final grade. To do this assignment, students will be encouraged to consult the online archives listed in the reading section. To pass, however, the student must attend all the lessons and actively participate.

Isa Blumi [email protected]

Lessons plan (including readings for each lesson)