South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Bryan Sitzes

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Bryan Sitzes



Environmental histories of the Persianate world


MES 301L • Mid East: Adj/Chg Mdrn Time-Wb

40919 • Spring 2021
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM
Internet; Synchronous

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."

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