NES 2619

NES 2619

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017.

This course examines the history and politics of the Middle East and its central place in world affairs from the turn of the twentieth century down to the present. Beginning with the end of the Ottoman Empire and European colonization and domination of the entire region following WWI, we will study the emergence of Arab, Turkish, Persian nationalisms and Zionism, social and religious reform, the discovery of oil and its strategic importance in world political economy, the role of the region in the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union, the conflict between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states, the political use of Islam and 9/11/01 and its aftermath, the Arab uprisings of the last few years and the civil wars that followed, and the American sponsored nuclear agreement with Iran. Assigned readings and film viewing will be supplemented with translated primary sources for use in class and section meeting discussions.

When Offered Summer.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Summer Special Session 2.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 2623

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  1288 NES 2619   LEC 001

    • MTWRF Uris Hall 202
    • Jun 26 - Jul 14, 2017
    • Brann, R

  • This Summer Session class is offered by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. For details visit

  •  1289 NES 2619   DIS 201

    • MTWRF White Hall B14
    • Jun 26 - Jul 14, 2017
    • Staff

  •  1290 NES 2619   DIS 202