Oct 21, 2019  
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MEST 201 - Introduction to the Modern Middle East

4 credits
An introduction to the study of the modern Middle East, this course will survey the contemporary history, politics, economics, and intellectual currents that have shaped the region since World War II. The goal of the course is to build students’ understanding of the shared features that have served to distinguish and unite Middle Eastern societies as well as raise their awareness of the diversity in ethnicity, religion, and political ideology that shape much of the contemporary knowledge about the region. Topics covered will include history, religion, political science, anthropology, sociology, art history, economics, and literature. Guest lectures throughout the semester. The course will end with an inquiry into the discipline itself, with students discussing the different theoretical models used to study the Middle East and their implications. Enrollment priority: Priority given to Middle East Studies minors. Offered spring semester.



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