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Code HIST 436
Term 201201
Title History of The Modern Middle East
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject History(HIST)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Louis Fishman,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
SPS102 SPS101
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,One-to-one tutorial
Planned Learning Activities Learner centered,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Task based learning,Other

A survey designed to introduce students to the basic themes and problems of Middle East history from the Ottoman conquest to the Oslo Peace Process, with special emphasis on the period from the late 18th to the late 20th century. The establishment of Ottoman rule over the Arab lands; Arab-Ottoman society and culture; European expansionism beginning from Napoleon's invasion of Egypt; the impact of the West in general; the coming of modern, reforming governments; the rise of the intelligentsia, of nationalism, and of Islamic revivalist modernism (salafiyya); Constitutionalism and constitutional revolutions in Iran and the Ottoman Empire. The collapse of the Ottoman order; imperialism and the zenith of European power; Arab struggles for independence; consolidation of the Yishuv and the birth of Israel; collapse of the European empires; the radicalisation of Arab politics; Nasserism, Baathist regimes in Syria and Iraq, the Iranian Revolution, and the Israeli-Palestinian question.


Refer to the course content.

Learning Outcome

This class is aimed at teaching the students the last two centuries of the Modern Middle East. This goal is reached empowering them with skills though rigorous readings and discussions, which challenge the students to place the history in a regional and global context, and to understand the relation between economic, cultural, political, and social issues. This class is a writing intensive course; the students are required to complete four writings assignments, providing them with the tools to deconstruct different types of genres: primary sources (diplomatic, government, and essays), academic articles, journalistic accounts, and other types of secondary sources. Lastly, the class encourages cultural diversity, both in our discussions and in our studying of cultural history not always familiar with the students.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 4
4 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team. 3
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Written Report 100
Recommended or Required Reading

W.Cleweland, A History of the Modern Middle East, Westview, Boulder-Colorado, 2000
W.B. Fisher, The Middle East. A Physical, Social and Regional Geography, Methuen, Cambridge, 1978
S.N.Fisher and W. Ochenswald, The Middle East. A History, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1990
A.Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples, Faber and Faber, London, 1992
C.Issawi, An Economic History of the Middle East and North Africa, Methuen, London, 1982
B.Lewis, The Middle East, Phoenix Giant, London, 1995
R.Owen, The Middle East in the World Economy, 1800-1914, Methuen, London, 1981
P.J.Vatikiotis, The Modern History of Egypt, Weidenfield and Nicolson, London, 1976
M.E. Yapp, The Making of the Modern Near East, 1792-1923, Longman, London,1987.