HIST 025. Colonialism and Nationalism in the Middle East

The histories of empires and nation-states are closely intertwined. In the Middle East, colonialism has taken many forms-from settler colonies, to military occupations, to informal rule. It has also helped spawn different kinds of anti-colonial nationalism-from liberal nationalism, to radical nationalism, to religiously inspired forms of Islamic nationalism. What is the relationship between empires and nations and how has it evolved over history? How have scholarly understandings of these categories changed over time? How have nationally bounded forms of political and economic power been built and sustained in the Middle East? Why have national identities proliferated across the region? How do national identities exist alongside other notions of belonging and political community? What is the future of the nation-state? 
To grapple with these questions, this upper-level course will introduce students to the vast scholarly literature on colonialism and nationalism in the Middle East. We will begin by reading key theoretical texts on imperialism, nationalism, and state power, followed by a selection of monographs that represent distinct approaches to these topics. Our focus will be largely on the region that today comprises Egypt, the Levant, Arabia, Iran, and North Africa in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Fall 2017. Shokr.
Fall 2018. Shokr.
Catalog chapter: History  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/history

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