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Denis Basic
SISME 400
Seattle Campus

The Middle East in the Modern World

Economic, political, and cultural ties between the Middle East and the modern world between the eighteenth century and the present. Particular attention to the transformation of societies, formation of modern states, the relationship between Islam and democracy, and gender and society in the Middle East.

Class description

During this course we will be exploring economic, political, and cultural ties between the Middle East and the modern world between the eighteenth century and the present. Particular attention will be paid to the transformation of societies, formation of modern states, the relationship between Islam and democracy, gender and society in the Middle East, and the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The methodology used in the course will be interdisciplinary. Using the historical apparatus we will be studying the political history of the Middle East during the past two centuries, while anthropology and sociology will help us learn about the lives of ordinary Middle Eastern women and men during the same time frame.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Students will be required to attend lectures and class discussions that will be held twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Recommended preparation

Reading the assigned materials on a regular basis, as well as a regular class attendance and participation in discussions will ensure a complete success in the course.

Class assignments and grading

Mid term exam, final exam, term paper, and possible short class presentations.

Class attendance and participation in discussions 20%, mid term exam 30%, final exam 30%, and term paper 20%.

Mid term exam will cover the materials of the first two weeks.

Final exam will be cumulative with an emphasis on materials covered since the midterm.

Students will also be asked to write a 15-page double-spaced term paper using the primary and/or secondary literature.


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 Denis Basic
Date: 11/25/2007