Description This course will introduce students to the major themes of the last two centuries of Middle Eastern history and provide a background to current conflicts in this vital world region. Beginning with a study of Islam and the Ottoman Turks, this course examines the forces which disrupted the customary pattern of Middle Eastern political, economic, and social life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and looks at the way in which ruling and other groups attempted to resist or accommodate those forces. Attention is also given to the new circumstances that arose following the breakup of the Ottoman empire after World War I, which include the emergence of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Note Open to graduate students. Graduate students are required to do additional work of a research nature.