Fall 2012

Middle East Politics

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-202


Gizem F. Zencirci (Section 01)


[CP, IR][SC - starting with the class of 2015] The part of the world we most commonly call the Middle East is today the focus of considerable attention. This introductory course provides an overview of the history, politics and society of the Middle East which will help students get beyond the headlines. The purpose is to familiarize students with the historical patterns and political problems that countries in this region face. The overriding question guiding this course is: Is the Middle East an exceptional region (different from the rest of the world?) We will address this question by learning about Middle Eastern history and topics such as state legitimacy, national unity, religious politics, and democratization. We will be focusing on Iran, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Turkey more in depth, as well as a number of other countries.  Please note that the course will heavily rely on readings and active class discussion.

Limited to 25 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Zencirci.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012