State and Society in the Modern Middle East

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

State&Society in Mod Mid East

Fall 2020

Taught By: Aaron Jakes

Section: A

CRN: 9201

Credits: 4

This course is designed to offer a general introduction to the region of Southwest Asia/North Africa commonly designated “The Middle East.” The class will provide an overview of major historical developments in the region from roughly the mid-eighteenth century to the present. But it also aims to leave students with a basic understanding of the work that historians do and the kinds of questions they ask. Towards that end, we will in fact be studying two histories at once. First, the general outline of the course will follow the longer arc of time through the major political, social, and cultural transformations that have shaped the region. We will focus in particular on the changing character of the state and its relationships with the populations it governs. But second, we will stop along the way to examine the history of ideas about how this part of the world should be studied and understood. As we move through the course, the connections between these two histories will become clearer. We will explore how different kinds of knowledge about the Middle East have in fact shaped its history.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 1:46am 11/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/17/2020