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Gabriel J Skoog
HIST 163
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 lecture course that traces the political, social, religious, and cultural developments in the Modern Middle East from roughly 1800 to the present. While much of the class will focus on important political developments, the course will also consider social and cultural shifts and the business of everyday life; in particular, the course will illustrate the fact that people in the Middle East share many of the same day to day concerns and interests that we do, whether it be family and friends, music and movies, prayer and spirituality, or sports and leisure. For the purposes of this course, the geographic focus will be from Egypt in the West to Iran in the East, from Turkey in the North, to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States in the South.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Two weekly lectures. One weekly discussion section.

Recommended preparation

None.

Class assignments and grading

Students in this course must complete the readings assigned, regularly attend and participate in discussion sections, and turn in any written assignments by the date listed on the syllabus. There will also be three in-class examinations: a short map quiz at the beginning of the quarter, and two midterm examinations. There is no cumulative final 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 Gabriel J Skoog
Date: 09/20/2012