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Ellis Goldberg
POL S 331
Seattle Campus

Government and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

Breakdown of traditional society and the problems of building modern political systems.

Class description

Description: This course is about the emergence of republics and the persistence of monarchies in the Arab world. We will focus on a particular region, the so-called Arab East and the Arabian peninsula, to provide us with comparative cases. Specifically we will examine the historical experience of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Iran to try to explain political development in the region.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Text: Readings for the course will include A History of Iraq (Charles Tripp), A History of Saudi Arabia (Madawi Al-Rasheed), Stories of Democracy (Mary Ann Tetreault), and The Last Great Revolution (Robin Wright).

Class assignments and grading

Class Assignments: There will be one in-class midterm examination (20%); one take-home midterm examination (30%), and a final examination (50%).

Grading: In-Class Midterm Exam 20 % Take Home Midterm Exam 30 % Final Exam: 50 % Total: 100 %


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Additional Information
Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 11/10/2004