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A Jawed Zouari
HIST 161
Seattle Campus

Survey of the Muslim Near East

The Middle East (the Arab countries, Israel, Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan) from the emergence of Islam in AD 622 to the present: culture, economics, politics.

Class description

This course surveys the political, cultural, and social history of the Middle East. It will follow a comparative approach in assessing the patterns and processes of social, political, and cultural developments in various Middle Eastern and North African states and societies. The course will focus on several key issues such us colonialism, nationalism, cultural reform, the role of oil in Middle Eastern/ Western relations, the role of religion, and the Arab Israeli conflict.

The course will draw from several disciplines including history, anthropology, sociology, and political economy. The goal of this interdisciplinary approach is to help students acquire a critical understanding of the regionís rich history and form educated opinions about Middle Eastern states and societies.

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Syllabus University of Washington Summer 2007

Course: HIST 161 (Survey of Muslin Near Eastern Countrie) 11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Room WFS 201 Professor: Dr. Jawed Zouari Office: Smith 214 Ph: 543-8921 Office hours: Wed. 1:00-2:00 p.m. and by appointment Homepage: http://www.seattlecentral.org/faculty/azouari

Required Textbooks

Goldschmidt Jr. and Davidson. A Concise History of the Middle East. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 8th ed., 2006. Spencer, William. The Middle East. Guilford, Connecticut: Dushkin/McGraw-Hill, 10th or 11th ed., 2007.

Course Description This course surveys the political and social history of the modern Muslim Near Eastern Countries. It will follow a comparative approach in assessing the patterns and processes of social, political, and cultural developments in various Near Eastern and North African States and societies. The course will focus on several key issues such us Islam, colonialism, nationalism, cultural reform, and the role of oil in Near Eastern/ Western relations.

The course will draw from several disciplines including history, political science, sociology, anthropology, and political economy. The goal of this interdisciplinary approach is to help students acquire a critical understanding of the regionís rich history and form educated opinions about Muslim Near Eastern states and societies.

In addition to the required outlined readings, students are strongly encouraged to read on a regular basis one or more publications that address Near Eastern and North African issues. A list of suggested titles and web sites will be provided throughout the quarter.

Note: If you need course adaptations and accommodations because of a disability; if you have emergency medical information to share with me; if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated: Please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.

Course Requirements All students are expected to complete each weekís reading assignments on the first class meeting of that week and participate actively in class meetings and discussions. All students are also required to complete every course assignment on time.

Evaluation Formula

1) Participation and attendance 10 points (10%) 2) Paper (3-5 pages) Paper Topics cleared by Professor 30 points (30%) 3) Mid-Term-Exam 30 points (30%) 4) Final Exam 30 points (30%) Total points for the course 100 points (100%)

Course Schedule

First Week Introduction to the History and Geography of the Middle East Goldschmidt, pp. 1-28 The Middle East: Cradle of Islam Spencer, pp. 1-36

Note: For Spencer, exact page numbers vary slightly depending on edition number Friday: Video # 1, Islam: The Empire of Faith, part 1 The Emergence of Islam and its Prophet Muhammad Goldschmidt, pp. 29-52 Spencer, pp. 153-160 (Egypt and Saudi Arabia) Video # 2, Islam: The Empire of Faith, part 2

Second Week Expansion of Islam and its Effects on People of the Middle East and North Africa Goldschmidt, pp. 52-85 Spencer, pp. 66-80, 161-168 (Iraq and Syria) Video 3, The Empire of Faith, part 3

Christian Crusades and their Impact on Muslim-Christian Relations Goldschmidt, pp. 87-105 Video 4, Holy Warriors

Third Week Islamic Civilization Goldschmidt, pp. 107-126 Spencer (Iran and Turkey) Mid-term Exam: Tuesday 3rd July

Europeís World Domination in the Nineteenth Century and its Impact on the Middle East and North Africa Goldschmidt, pp. 157-182 Spencer, pp. 145-152 Video 5

Fourth Week The Rise of Nationalism Goldschmidt, pp. 185-220 Spencer, pp. 37-45, 109-114, 102-108, 140-144 (Algeria, Morocco, Libya, and Tunisia) Video 6, The Battle of Algiers, part 1

The Contest for Palestine: Israelís Rebirth and the Rise of Arab Nationalism Goldschmidt, pp. 269-325 Spencer, pp. (Israel) Video 7, The Battle of Algiers, part 2

Final Exam: Wednesday July 18, 11:00a.m. -12:00p.m.

Attendance & Participation: 10% Paper: 30% Mid-term Exam: 30% Final Exam: 30%


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Last Update by A Jawed Zouari
Date: 06/18/2007