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POL 177 — Demystifying the Middle East: A Primer

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 days
Date(s): Feb 26—Mar 6
Time: 9:00—11:30 am (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 26
Unit: 1
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Marwan D. Hanania
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Full schedule: Saturdays, February 26 and March 5; Sundays, February 27 and March 6; 9:00 – 11:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturday and Sunday
9:00—11:30 am (PT)
Date(s)
Feb 26—Mar 6
4 days
Refund Date
Feb 26
1 Unit
Fees
$340
Instructor(s):
Marwan D. Hanania
Recording
No
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Full schedule: Saturdays, February 26 and March 5; Sundays, February 27 and March 6; 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.

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 received a PhD in history from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) James Gelvin, The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know, 1st ed. (ISBN 978-0190653989)
(Recommended) William Cleveland and Martin Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East, 6th ed. (ISBN 978-0813349800)