Minorities and Majorities in the Middle East

Seminar considers “difference” and “sameness” as they have been conceived, experienced, and regulated by peoples of the Middle East, with a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. First half discusses the Ottoman Empire. Explores how this multiethnic, polyglot empire survived for several relatively peaceful centuries and what happened when its formula for existence was challenged by politics based on mono-ethnic states. Second half focuses on post-Ottoman nation-states, such as Turkey and Egypt, and Western-mandated Arab states, such as Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq. Concludes with a case analysis of Israel.

Related Subjects

Offered Spring 2021

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.106 24.912 21L.008 21W.741 CMS.150 WGS.190

Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies

T 2-5, VIRTUAL
Michel DeGraff
Fox Harrell
Danielle Wood
Introductory HASS-H
HASS-A
CI-H
21H.161

The Modern Middle East

Lecture: MW 2-3, VIRTUAL
Recitation 1: R 1-2, VIRTUAL
Recitation 2: R 2-3, VIRTUAL
Pouya Alimagham Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.263 WGS.220

Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa

W 2-4, VIRTUAL
1 hour of asynchronous content
Lerna Ekmekçioğlu Seminar HASS-H
21H.266

South Africa and Apartheid

TR 1-2:30; VIRTUAL
Kenda Mutongi Intermediate HASS-H
21H.358 U 21H.958 G

Colonialism in South Asia and Africa: Race, Gender, Resistance

W 11-1, VIRTUAL
Sana Aiyar Graduate
Seminar
HASS-H
21H.S01

Special Subject: The Indigenous History of MIT

M 3-5, VIRTUAL
W 4-5, VIRTUAL
Craig Steven Wilder
Seminar

Not Offered This Term

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.160

Islam, the Middle East, and the West

Pouya Alimagham Introductory HASS-H
21H.229

The Black Radical Tradition in America

Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.260

Cities in the Middle East: History, Politics and Society

Not offered regularly; consult department
Staff Intermediate HASS-S
21H.261

Modern Iran: A Century of Revolution

Pouya Alimagham Intermediate HASS-H
21H.262

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Not offered regularly; consult department
Pouya Alimagham Intermediate HASS-H
21H.265

Humanitarianism in Africa: A Critical History

Kenda Mutongi Intermediate HASS-H
21H.281

MIT and Slavery: Research

Lecture: M 3-5, Recitation: W 3, Virtual
Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.282

MIT and Slavery: Publication

Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.381 WGS.222

Women and War

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu Seminar HASS-S
21H.385 11.152

The Ghetto: From Venice to Harlem

Craig Steven Wilder Seminar HASS-S