history syllabus - History 246 Spring 2011 Modern Middle...

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History 246 Spring 2011 Modern Middle East and North Africa Place: CIVL 1144 Day and Time: Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 am-11:45 am Instructor: Professor Holden Office: UNIV 127 Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 9 am- 10 am Email: sholden@purdue.edu Teaching Assistant: Brandon Ward Office: REC 401 Office Hours: By Appointment Email: ward26@purdue.edu This course analyzes some of the major themes and events of Middle Eastern history from the early-nineteenth century to the present day. Dealing chronologically with the Arab-Islamic world, we address: colonialism (late-19th c. to WWII), nationalism (1950s and 1960s), Islamic fundamentalism (1970s and 1980s), and terrorism (1990s to present). For each period, I will draw your attention to specific case studies, and these include such hot spots as Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Israel/Palestine. In particular, however, this class focuses on the history of North African Algeria and Middle Eastern Iraq. It is my belief that the study of these two countries will help students understand larger historic currents. For 200 years, peoples in the Arab-Islamic world have been grappling with issues of democracy, religion and national identity as well as conflicting reactions toward Western intervention in a variety of forms. Students will explore the political, social and cultural factors that have contributed to the formation of the Middle East and North Africa through readings from textbooks and primary sources and also through a variety of films. Class Preparations : The assignment for each class is listed underneath the specific day and lecture. Students are expected to prepare this assignment before each class meeting. 1) MOVIES: When the Class Preparations call on students to watch a movie, it will be on reserve at the Undergraduate Library. These assignments are indicated with the following marker: (Film). Films can be viewed individually or in groups. In two instances, an evening viewing of the film will be arranged by the professor. 2) ARTICLES: The articles that are not in textbooks can be accessed through Blackboard. These readings are indicated with the following marker: (Web). 3) TEXTBOOKS: There are four textbooks used in this course and readings from them are indicated with an (R). These books are on reserve at the Undergraduate Library. You may purchase these books at bookstores serving Purdue University:
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a) William L. Cleveland, A History of the Modern Middle East , 4th Edition (Westview Press, 2009). b)
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