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Shaun T Lopez
HIST 263
Seattle Campus

The Modern Middle East

Explores the social, political, and cultural changes that have occurred in the Middle East during the past two centuries. Covers the main social, economic, and intellectual currents that have transformed this region, starting with Napoleon' s conquest of Egypt in 1798 and ending with the present moment in history. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This is a survey course designed to give a historical understanding of social, cultural, and political developments in the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries. Within a general political framework, the course will cover social, economic, and intellectual currents of these two centuries, in order to provide a historical context to the events and realities of life in the region today. Topics to be convered include the decline of the Ottoman Empire, the rise of British and French colonialism, 20th century nationalist movements, and the origins of more recent developments, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, the resurgence of Islam, and American involvement in the region. Throughout the course we will examine how broader developments affected the lives of individuals and social groups, including (but not limited to) women, workers, peasants, and religious or ethnic minorities.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a lecture course, but students will occasionally be asked to participate in discussions.

Recommended preparation

No previous background is necessary...

Class assignments and grading

This course will have a midterm and a final, as well as two short written assignments. There is no research paper for this course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jennifer Weiss
Date: 02/27/2007