INTS 243-01, Government and Politics of the Middle East, Fall 2008
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This is an introductory course on the politics of the Middle East; it presupposes no previous knowledge of the region. The course surveys the historical and political trajectories of selected states and dynamics in the Middle East, paying special attention to the politics, societies, and ideological currents of the Eastern (Mashreq) Arab world, Turkey, Iran and Israel-Palestine. It opens with an examination of early Islam, the region’s history, and different ideological trends in the Middle East. The role of ethnic and religious minorities, state building, economic and political liberalization, authoritarian rule, conflict, gender questions and case studies of several states are then analyzed. The final week of lectures then addresses questions relating to the future of the region as well as the Middle East in international politics. This course provides students with basic background knowledge, analytical tools, and familiarity with key issues necessary to better understand today’s Middle East and current events there. Course exams and written assignments are designed to encourage students to arrive at their own analyses and conclusions regarding key issues in the region. A core textbook provides a structured basis for the course, with class lectures and additional readings designed to further elucidate material not covered in the textbook.