Aug 15, 2022  
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HIST 385 - Colonialism, Nationalism, and Social Identities in the Modern Middle East

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
This course explores how social sciences, colonialism, and nationalism have shaped identities in the modern Middle East. The course begins with a brief survey of older, foundational scholarship on “The Orient” in order to map out how scholars understood the non-European world, including regions later labeled “The Middle East.” We then discuss how these European mythologies, as well as imperial interventions, international institutions, and post-colonial nationalisms nurtured new differences, leading to violence along sectarian, racial, ethnic, or national lines. We focus particularly on the question of how Middle Eastern and North African societies have come to be seen as divided between religious “minorities” and “majorities.” Joshua Schreier.

Recommended: HIST 174  or HIST 214  or HIST 255 .

One 2-hour period.

Course Format: CLS

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