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Shaun T Lopez
HIST 563
Seattle Campus

Modern Near East

Field course introducing the student to the major periods and problems of Near Eastern history, 1798 to the present.

Class description

This seminar-style course will be organized around scholarship that considers the paradigm of "modernity" as it pertains to the 19th and 20th century Middle East. Within this loose framework, the course readings will discuss how "modernity" has been defined and applied in scholarship in the region. More specifically, students will consider the intersection of so-called modern ideas, technologies, and institutions with local, regional, and religious "traditions." Within this framework, important developments related to gender, ethnicity, the mass media, colonialism, and nationalism will be examined. Readings for the course may include Timothy Mitchell, Ami Ayalon, Lila Abu-Lughod, Afsaneh Najamabadeh, Brinkley Messick, and others...

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This will be a seminar course. Students will read a book (or a comparable amount of articles) every week, and will be expected to participate and at times, lead, discussion.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Shaun T Lopez
Date: 06/01/2007