30486 - POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
This course is intended as an introduction to Middle Eastern politics. It introduces students to major developments of states and societies in the Middle East, by focusing on key political, ideological and economic transformations from the fall of the Ottoman Empire to the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Uprisings. By applying theoretical frameworks from the wider literature of Comparative Politics and International Relations, we go over issues such as
- State formation and state building.
- Political ideologies and conflicts during the Cold War period and after the fall of Soviet Union.
- Authoritarianism and democratization.
- Civil society and popular politics.
- Post-2011 conflicts, sectarianism and migration.
- Short paper (2000 words): 15%.
- Research paper (5000 words): 30%.
- Participation: 15%.
- Final exam: 40%.
- L. FAWCETT (editor), International Relations of the Middle East, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, 4th edition.
- M. LYNCH (editor), The Arab Uprisings explained. New Contentious Politics in the Middle East, New York, Columbia University Press, 2014.
- B. MILTON EDWARDS, Contemporary Politics in the Middle East, Cambridge, Polity, 2011, 3rd edition.
- E.W. SAID, Orientalism, Penguin Classics, London, Penguin Books, 2003.
- R.A. HINNEBUSCH, The International Politics of the Middle East, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2015, 2nd edition.
- R. OWEN, State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, London, Routledge, 2004, 3rd edition.
- J.T. CHALCRAFT, Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- *A detailed syllabus with required and recommended reading for each class will be provided before the start of the course.
A detailed syllabus with required and recommended reading for each class is provided before the start of the course.