Introduction to the History of the Middle East

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Intro to History of Mid. East
Fall 2023
Taught By: Olga Verlato
Section: A

CRN: 15673

Credits: 4

This course surveys key developments in the history of the Middle East, a highly diverse region spanning from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, and whose history is closely entangled with transformations in different parts of the world, from Southeast Asia to Latin America. We will focus on a set of themes that are as relevant to this region’s premodern and modern history as to our world today: movement and migration, culture and media, gender, and discrimination and socioeconomic relations. The historical trends and topics that we will cover include transformations in Islamic thought and arts, the expansion of the caliphates and Muslim Spain, Ottoman imperial life, Western colonialism and nationalist movements, 20th - century politics and the war on terror, and the 2011 “Arab Spring.” At the same time, we will learn about the ways in which the Middle East has been portrayed, by whom, and why, including the notion of orientalism, racialization, the “clash of civilizations” framework, and humanitarianism today, for example in the context of the so-called “migration crisis” in the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin. Throughout the course, we will examine numerous primary sources (texts as well as images and music) and put into practice original research and analytical methods in history. The course materials include academic secondary sources (book chapters and articles) as well as a select number of films and novels.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (HIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 11:50am EDT 9/22/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 261
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/14/2023