Historic connections of jewish population in Iran. Relations were good under the Shah
Since 1979: hostility
Israeli fear: nuclear weapons
o Sanctions or strike?
o Immunity zone Israel needs to strike quickly b
The Islamic Republic
Large population under the age of 30.
WWI: Persia occupied
1926: Reza Shah Pahlavi, King of Iran
Not embracing pluralism, checks and balances, or contestation
From 1990s: Lessons drawn by
Do not open up elections
Islamist opposition groups?
The state will let you run, but not win. Go outside the system
Islamist parties: compatible with democracy?
Timeline: From last lecture
1917: Balfour Declaration
1920-48 British Mandate Palestine
No '47 - July '49: Partition Resolution sparks fighting
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict #2
The Lemon Tree: Themes
In the news:
Import substitution industrialization
Consequences of oil
Informal political economy
Why Political Econom
200-300 words total across multiple posts.
Of two posts, one must be a comment on another post.
Monarchies in the Middle East
King holds real decision making power. Increasingly rare in the world, but not so much
in the Middle East. ME has more mo
This week's reading
Owen: what we mean by the state in the Middle East and how it may be different
Masoud, Coupe, Hinnebusch: single, or one-party dominant regimes.
How did regimes emerge and change?
Bases of support (social and instit
How did nation-state nationalism become dominant?
Redrawing map of Levant and Mesopotamia
Nationalism & its rivals
Evolution of politics under colonial rule
Cases: Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Algeria
What is nationalism?
Group consciousness (
Edward Said on Orientalism
Foucault: associated with post modernism
Focuses on relationship between knowledge and power
Representations, not truth. Product of a certain way of depicting reality.
Discourse: structured system of meaning which shapes wha