|WEEK #||TOPICS||DUE DATES|
|1||Introduction to the Class|
Introduction and Overview:
The Middle East in the 19th Century: Reform and "Decline"
|3||The Ottoman and Iranian Constitutional Revolutions|
Orientalism and its Critiques
|5||Western Imperialism in the Middle East: World War I and its Aftermath|
Nation-State Nationalism in the Middle East I: The Interwar Period
Professor Lerna Ekmekcioĝlu, Department of History, MIT.
|First reaction / reflection paper due|
Nation-State Nationalism in the Middle East II: Post WWII
|Topic proposal for final research paper due|
The Iranian Revolution and its Impact on the Middle East
|9||Palestine, Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict I|
|10||Palestine, Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict II|
The Rise of Islamic Radicalism: Hamas as a Case Study
|Second reaction / reflection paper due|
|12||Screening of Encounter Point. Directed by Julia Bacha. Color, 85 min. 2006.|
Islam and Democracy; Islam post September 11
The Arab Spring?
|15||Challenges in Today's Middle East|
|16||Conclusion and student's reflections||Final research paper due a week after the last class|