History Department
History Department

Ahmad Agbaria




History of Arab Universities and printing press in the Middle East, the rise of secular movements in the Levant and Tunisia in post-1967.


MA in History of the Middle East and North Africa, Tel Aviv University. 


MES S301L • Intro M East: Adj/Chg Mod Tm

84760 • Summer 2016
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM WAG 101


What is the modern Middle East? This course sets out to explore what constitutes the modern Middle East as it has developed from late 18th century to the present. The geographical scope includes the territories of the Ottoman Empire, Iran, and North Africa. We will discuss the emergence of Imperialism, Colonialism, Nationalism, Secularism, Postcolonialism, Religious Modernism, and Fundamentalism. We will identify the place of the Ottoman Legacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict in shaping the modern Middle East. Other themes will revolve around the significance of the oil economy, Iran and the Middle East, and the "Arab Spring."



James Gelvin, The Modern Middle East: A History, 3rd edition (NY: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Selected primary and secondary sources.



Participation  20%

Two map quizzes  10%

Midterm exam  30%

Final Exam  40%


A 93-100, A- 90-92, B+ 87-90, B 83-86, B- 80-82, C+ 77-79, C 73-76, C- 70-72, D 60-69, F 0-59


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