Power & Domination: Middle East

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Power & Domination Middle East

Fall 2018

Taught By: Benoit Challand

Section: A

CRN: 7021

Credits: 3

This graduate course, mixing lectures and seminar discussions, wants to assess how notions of power and authority have been diachronically conceived and debated within Muslim majority societies of the Middle East. The focus will be placed on the Arab worlds, with passing references to Turkey and Iran. In the vein of historical sociology, the course engages with theories of state-formation in the region and of incorporation into the world system. The course will offer a in-depth comprehension of evolving forms of domination, and claims over conflicting religious and secular legitimacy from the 19th century (nascent capitalism; solidification of positive law; internal debates around Islamic modernity) to the 21st century (neo-imperialism, return of the Caliphate). We will read texts such as: B. Messick, The Calligraphic State(Yemen), L. Anderson State and Social Transformation (Tunisia and Libya), B. Doumani, Rediscovering Palestine, A. Salvatore. Islam and Civility, long selections of Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought along with M. Campos Ottoman Brothers, H. Sharabi, Neo-Patriarchy, and J. Chalcraft, Popular Politics.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:13am 2/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 734

Date Range: 8/29/2018 - 12/12/2018