The Middle East in Modern History


Course Objective

The student will gain knowledge in:
• A master narrative of the major events in Middle Eastern history from
1800 onwards
• The complexities of the relations between the Middle East and world
politics at large
• The history of Zionism and the Arab-Israeli conflict

The student learns:
• How to apply various methodologies, such as Diaspora theories,
postcolonial theories and nationalism studies, on a specific case study
• How to analyse the ever-changing interpretations attached to a region
• To critically challenge common perceptions of the Middle East

The student will be able to:
• Study and interpret the relevant primary texts in their historical and
social contexts
• Analyse and contribute to scholarly debates on a selected topic in the
field of modern Middle Eastern Studies

Course Content

The Middle East is almost continuously right in the centre of public
attention. Whereas in the nineteenth century Europeans and Americans
still considered the region to be located at the margins of their world,
since then it has reclaimed a central role in the world’s political
imagination. Why is that – and how did this process develop during the
last century? This course will offer a broad overview of the history of
the Middle East since 1800, while continuously connecting it to world
politics at large. From the restructuring of the Ottoman Empire in the
mid-nineteenth century, the rise of political Islam, the impact of the
First and Second World Wars to Zionism and the Arab-Israeli conflict,
the Cold War and the War on Terror, this course will present students
with a grand narrative of the region’s history and its major ethnic and
religious components. Moreover, the course will critically challenge
common perceptions of the Middle East, deconstructing established
categories and introducing students to the major theories in the field
of Middle Eastern Studies.

Teaching Methods

Seminars twice a week, including lectures and discussions of literature
and primary texts.

Method of Assessment

Written exam (week 5:5, 40%); Presentation (week 6:2-3, 10%); Final
paper (week 6:4, 50%). The results will be posted on Canvas no more than
20 working days after the exam. The lecturer will inform students of the
feedback and inspection arrangements after the results have been posted.


W.L. Cleveland, A History of the Modern Middle East (Westview 2016, 6th
Additional source texts and articles will be distributed through Canvas

Target Audience

History and International Studies
Exchange Students
Political Sciences
Theology and Religious Studies

General Information

Course Code L_GCBAGES220
Credits 6 EC
Period P5+6
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. B.T. Wallet
Examiner dr. B.T. Wallet
Teaching Staff dr. B.T. Wallet

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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