Middle East Studies 208 - Introduction to the History of the Modern Middle East

Intro Histry Mod Mid East

Susanna Ferguson

TU TH 1:20 PM - 2:35 PM

Smith College
Seelye 208
HST 208-01, MES 208-01
Offered as HST 208 and MES 208. This course examines the history of the modern Middle East from a global perspective. How have gender, economy, ecology and religion shaped Middle Eastern empires and nation-states within a broader world? The course begins with transformations in Egypt, Iran and the Ottoman Empire between 1800 and World War I. Next, it turns to experiences of colonialism, the rise of independent nation-states and the birth of new political movements. Students learn to appreciate the diversity of the region’s cultures, languages and peoples and to critically assess how the Middle East has been imagined from without and within. Enrollment limited to 40.
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.