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POL 177 — Demystifying the Middle East: A Primer

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturdays and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 days
Date(s): Apr 10—Apr 18
Time: 9:00—11:30 am (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 10
Unit: 1
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Marwan D. Hanania
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: 2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays, April 10, April 11, April 17, and April 18, 9:00 - 11:30 am (PT).
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Spring
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturdays and Sunday
9:00—11:30 am (PT)
Date(s)
Apr 10—Apr 18
4 days
Refund Date
Apr 10
1 Unit
Fees
$340
Instructor(s):
Marwan D. Hanania
Open
Please Note: Full schedule: 2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays, April 10, April 11, April 17, and April 18, 9:00 - 11:30 am (PT).
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This course presents the major themes and events that have defined the modern history and realities of the Middle East from late antiquity to the modern era, focusing on developments since World War I. After providing background on the development of the Middle East during the classical Islamic and Ottoman eras, we will assess 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 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, recent wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, and the attempts at normalizing relations between Israel and the Arab world. Finally, using a thematic and interdisciplinary approach, we will study the diverse ethnic, religious, and national identities of the peoples of the region. We will also explore US involvement in the region and its broader ramifications for US foreign policy.

Class sessions will not be recorded.

Marwan D. Hanania, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

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 to the Present. He received a PhD and an MA in history from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) James Gelvin, The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know (ISBN 9780190653989)
(Recommended) William Cleveland and Martin Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East, 6th Edition (ISBN 9780813349800)