Middle East: Historical Perspectives-HT22 - Planeringar

Course introduction

This course provides an in-depth overview of the history of the Middle East, from the decline of the Ottoman empire and the colonial epoch until today. It adopts both a chronological and a thematic perspective, in order to outline the most relevant dynamics that the region has witnessed, with a particular focus on political trends and socio-economic models of development. The purpose is to enable the students to outline regional dynamics within the Middle East over the course of the last century, but also to link the Middle East to other regions and to a global perspective. At the same time, the emergence of the Middle East as both a geopolitical concept and a field of studies will be discussed in its sociocultural and ethical implications.

The broader historical and institutional contexts from which Middle Eastern Studies emerged will be presented, as will the present-day situation.

By the end of the course students will have an ability to discuss issues concerning Middle Eastern Studies as a field of studies, and the political, ethical, and socio-economic contending visions for its future.

The course is examined on the basis of a written take home assignment, in the form of an essay assignment.

The student’s performance in the course is examined by her/his ability to actively participate in the analysis of these assigned readings. While students do not have to demonstrate a close reading of every assigned article, in the written assignment submitted by the end of the course, the student must prove they have read and considered some of the assigned readings in analyzing a selection of primary sources that the student finds interesting. Students are expected to pick a theme of interest from the readings (Pan-Arabism, Labor management, 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 100% of the final grade. To do this assignment, students will be encouraged to consult the online archives listed in the reading section.

Learning outcomes can be found in the syllabus.

Lesson plan Middle East: Historical Perspectives