Islam, the Middle East, and the West

Provides students with an overview of basic themes and issues in Middle Eastern history from the rise of Islam to the present, with an emphasis on exchanges and encounters between the Middle East and Europe/North America. Examines the history of the notion of “East” and “West;” the emergence of Islam and the Christianization of Europe; Ottoman expansion; the flourishing of European powers; European competition with and colonization of Middle Eastern societies, and Middle Eastern responses, including Arab and Iranian nationalisms as well as the rise of Political Islam, the “Clash of Civilizations”, and Islamophobia.

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Offered Fall 2021

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.261

Modern Iran: A Century of Revolution

MW 11:30-1, 5-217
Pouya Alimagham Intermediate HASS-H
21H.263 WGS.220

Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa

R 12:30-3:30, 2-103
Lerna Ekmekçioğlu Seminar HASS-H
21H.381 WGS.222

Women and War

T 12:30-3:30, 2-103
Lerna Ekmekçioğlu Seminar HASS-S

Not Offered This Term

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.161

The Modern Middle East

Pouya Alimagham Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.260

Cities in the Middle East: History, Politics and Society

Staff Intermediate HASS-S
21H.262

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Not offered regularly; consult department
Pouya Alimagham Intermediate HASS-H
21H.365

Minorities and Majorities in the Middle East

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu Seminar HASS-H