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WSP 139 — The History of the Modern Middle East

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jul 8—Jul 9
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 1
Unit: 1
Tuition: $245
Instructor(s): Marwan D. Hanania
On-campus course
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Jul 8—Jul 9
2 days
Drop By
Jul 1
1 Unit
Marwan D. Hanania
This workshop presents the major themes and events that have defined the social, economic, and political history of the Middle East from World War I to the present. We will start by examining the conflicting agreements undertaken during World War I between Britain and its allies to decide the future of the Middle Eastern territories then under Ottoman rule. We will then examine the process of Ottoman disintegration and the creation of new colonial mandates and states in Iraq, Transjordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria (1918–1922). Next, we will analyze the major historical developments that defined the European colonial era in the region during the interwar period and the more recent years of political independence. Topics will include an analysis of the creation of Israel (1948), the rise and decline of pan-Arab nationalism under Gamal Abdel Nasser (1952–1970), the role of oil, and the emergence of new forms of political Islam in the region. We will also review the events of the Arab Spring and the civil wars currently raging in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere. Students will come away from the workshop with an enhanced understanding of the socioeconomic and political processes that have led to the heightened levels of violence and fragmentation we are witnessing today.

Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for a Letter Grade. However, Credit/No Credit is available.

Marwan D. Hanania, Assistant Professor of History and Security Studies, University of Nevada, Reno

Marwan D. Hanania has taught at Stanford, Coastal Carolina University, and the American University of Sharjah. He is working on a book entitled From Colony to Capital: Amman, City in the Middle, 1878–2016. He received a PhD in history from Stanford and an MA in Middle East Regional Studies from Harvard.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Jillian Schwedler, Understanding the Contemporary Middle East, 4th Edition (ISBN 978-1-58826-910-2)