GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCESMIDDLE EAST STUDIES

MES501 HISTORY OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST

Course Code: 8320501
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. EBRU BOYAR
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

The basic objective of this introductory course is to analyze modern Middle Eastern history and economic development in terms of a variety of theoretical approaches. The course covers social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire from the beginning of the nineteenth century to its fall at the end of the First World War. Then the course examines the specific histories of Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Israel and Palestine around the themes in economic development, the rise of nation, nationalism and the nation-state, and the politics of religion.

Course Content

The course is designed to provide a review of the historical, political and social settings in the Middle East in the 19th century from an interdisciplinary perspective. The course is a survey for the understanding of the modern Middle East through an in-depth analysis of historical processes as the bases of modernity in the foundation of modern political and social structures. A review of contemporary approaches to understand the Ottoman settings of the Middle East will be followed by the analysis of ethnic, religious and political organization of the region, and the study of changes in these formations throughout the nineteenth century.

Learning Outcomes

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