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PPR333: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
Tutor: Sossie Kasbarian
This course introduces students to key issues in Middle East politics today. It explores the people, society and politics of the region and the role that religion, ethnicity, gender and class have played in shaping contemporary issues. It examines the major internal and external actors in the region; conflict and peace; the geo-strategic importance of the region; issues of political economy; political change and reform; the issue of identities in the Middle East and ideologies around this; the emergence of political Islam; rising anti-Americanism; 9/11 and the fall-out in the region from the 'war on terror', the 'Arab Spring' and the unfolding revolutions.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (1.5 hours) and workshop (1hour) weekly.
Fawcett L (ed) International Relations of the Middle East
Gerner D & Schwedler J (eds) Understanding the Contemporary Middle East (2nd edition)
Cleveland, William L., A History of the Modern Middle East, (Westview, SECOND EDITION, 2000).
Said, Edward (1978) Orientalism
Filiu, Jean-Pierr (2011) The Arab Revolution
Halliday, F. (2004), The Middle East in International Relations: Power Politics and Ideology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Milton Edwards, B. (2006), Contemporary Politics in the Middle East (Cambridge: Polity Press).
Owen, R. (2004), State Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, rev. edn (London: Routledge).
Zubaida, Sami (2010) Beyond Islam: A New Understanding of the Middle East.
IB Tauris Chatty, Dawn (2010) Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East. Cambridge University Press
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