Fall 2008

The Modern Middle East: 1800-Present

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-48  |  History, as HIST-20


Monica M. Ringer (Section 01)


(ME) (Also Asian 48.) This course surveys the history of the Middle East from 1800 to the present. The focus is on the political, social and intellectual trends involved in the process of modernization and reform in the Middle East. General topics include the Ottoman Empire and its “decline,” the impact of European imperialism and colonialism, programs of modernization and reform, the construction of nationalism and national identities, Islamism, development and contemporary approaches to modernity. This class is writing intensive. Two class meetings per week. Fall semester. Professor Ringer.