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 2024

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category

Modern Iran: A Century of Revolution

MW 2:30-4, 66-154
Pouya Alimagham Intermediate HASS-H

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

TR 1-2:30, 4-237
Pouya Alimagham Intermediate HASS-H

Not Offered This Term

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category

The Modern Middle East

L01: MW 12-1; 66-168
R01: R 1-2; 1-273
R02: R 2-3; 1-273
Pouya Alimagham Introductory HASS-H CI-H

Cities in the Middle East: History, Politics and Society

Staff Intermediate HASS-S
21H.263 WGS.220

Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa

Lerna Ekmekcioglu Seminar HASS-H

Minorities and Majorities in the Middle East

Lerna Ekmekcioglu Seminar HASS-H
21H.381 WGS.222

Women and War

Lerna Ekmekcioglu Seminar HASS-S