The Modern Middle East

Modern Middle East is an introduction to the history, religious life, and politics of the Middle East. Focusing on the region’s confrontation with the West since napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798, students will learn how European colonialism introduced modern and secular ideas into the Middle East, creating tensions with traditional patterns of belief and culture. Students will explore how the intrusive actions of Western colonizers caused the region’s political affairs to become weak and unstable. The course also looks at the conflicts between Israel and its regional neighbors, the role of Islamic revivalist movements, and the impact of oil.