These two quizzes will be straightforward.
You will have one quiz in the second week of the semester (Ses #5). It will cover the following:
The other quiz will be at the end of the semester during the final exam, covering the same topics as above plus demographic/population data.
To study for these quizzes, please consult maps from the following Web site:
Middle East Maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
There is 3 hour final exam that consists of a single essay question and map. During the last week of class, students will receive three broad-based questions covering the entire semester's work. On the scheduled exam date, you will be asked to respond to one of those questions, but you will not know which one until the day of the exam.
Based both on readings and lectures, please discuss one of the following:
"Most esteemed Fathers, I have read in the ancient writings of the Arabians that Abdallah the Saracen on being asked what, on this stage, so to say, of the world, seemed to him most evocative of wonder, replied that there was nothing to be seen more marvelous than man."
Thus spoke Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, author of the "manifesto of the Renaissance man." Yet according to some scholars, the notions of "East" and "West" that we are familiar with today, and a sense of division between Europe and the rest of the world, started emerging during what has come to be called the Renaissance. Using the painting by Hans Holbein, The Ambassadors (1533), as a starting point, please discuss:
Discuss the changing relationship, after the eighteenth century, between Europe and Southwest Asia/North Africa. You will explain in particular:
This doing, you will pay particular attention to both the historical and intellectual roots of culturalism, and its legacy in today's debates about the relationship between "East" and "West."
Explain the cultural, political, and ideological consequences of European colonization of the Middle East in the 19th and 20th century. You will discuss: