This course explores the history of the Middle East (focusing primarily on the last century), and examines the relationships within the region and beyond. Topics of study include the development of Islam, the impact of imperialism, the rise of nationalism, the effects of British and French rule, Arab-Israeli relations, and the political and economic impact of oil.
Since 9/11, interest in the Middle East and Islamic studies has increased dramatically. In response, media, schools, politics, and pop culture, have all expanded their coverage of the region and its culture. As a student in this course, you are part of a larger movement seeking to better understand the people, ideas, and events of this area. Moreover, you will form your own generalized and nuanced understanding of the Middle East.