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HIST 171 History of the Modern Middle East (4)

This course is an introduction to the history of the modern Middle East. It explores the history of two major empires – the Ottoman and the Iranian – from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. The course studies the Ottoman Empire’s expansion, its engagement with the world economy, and the changing relationship between the state and its subjects.  It includes the histories of the lands liberated following the Ottoman collapse, the European mandates, and the establishment of new countries in the region. The course also examines the economy, politics, and culture of Iran from the Safavid period to that of the Islamic Republic. The majority of the course pays particular attention to critical themes such as modernization, westernization, secularization, and colonization.  It examines the emergence of nationalism, sectarianism, and constitutionalism, as well as the impact of the military, oil, and political religion on the region.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Sadeghian

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