Shaun T Lopez
Field course introducing the student to the major periods and problems of Near Eastern history, 1798 to the present.
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.
Class assignments and grading