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WSP 139 — Demystifying the Middle East: A Primer

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jun 29—Jun 30
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jun 22
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $335
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Instructor(s): Marwan D. Hanania
Status: Open
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Jun 29—Jun 30
2 days
Drop By
Jun 22
1 Unit
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Marwan D. Hanania
This course presents the major themes and events that have defined the modern history and realities of the Middle East from the early Islamic periods through the modern era. We will assess the conflicting agreements undertaken during World War I between Britain and her allies to decide the future of the Middle Eastern territories then under Ottoman rule. We will go on to examine the creation of new colonial mandates and states and the major historical developments that defined the European colonial era and the more recent years of political independence. Topics in this section of the course will include an analysis of the creation of Israel (1948), the rise and decline of Pan-Arab nationalism (1952–70), the role of oil, and the emergence of new forms of political Islam in the region. We will continue by reviewing the Arab Spring and the recent wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere. Finally, using a thematic and interdisciplinary approach, we will study the diverse ethnic, religious, and national identities of the peoples of the region.

This course includes a non-refundable materials fee of $5 to be paid at the time of registration.

Marwan D. Hanania, Historian

Marwan D. Hanania has taught at Stanford, Coastal Carolina University, the American University of Sharjah, the University of Nevada, Reno, and San Diego Mesa College. He is working on a book titled From Colony to Capital: Amman, City in the Middle, 1878–2018. He received a PhD and an MA in history from Stanford and an MA in Middle East regional studies from Harvard.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) William Cleveland and Martin Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East, 6th Edition (ISBN 9780813349800)