fullscreen background
Skip to main content

Spring Quarter

Spring Registration Now Open
Most Classes Begin Apr 02
shopping cart icon0


« Back to Liberal Arts & Sciences

WSP 139 — Understanding the Middle East: A Primer

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jun 9—Jun 10
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jun 2
Unit: 1
Tuition: $325
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Instructor(s): Marwan D. Hanania
Status: Open
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Jun 9—Jun 10
2 days
Drop By
Jun 2
1 Unit
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Marwan D. Hanania
This workshop presents the major themes and events that have defined the modern social and political history of the Middle East We will briefly review key themes and events from the early Islamic periods through the Ottoman era. We will then assess the modern era in more depth, starting with 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. The course will then examine the creation of new colonial mandates and states in Iraq, Transjordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria (1918–1922) and the major historical developments that defined the European colonial era 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. Finally, we will 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.

This course includes a $5 materials fee to be paid at the time of registration. Grade restriction: No letter grade

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