HIST 001V. First Year Seminar: History in the Making: Autocrats, Activists, and Artists in a Changing Middle East
The popular revolts that swept the Middle East in 2011, and the heavy-handed state crackdowns that followed, have raised long-standing historical questions: What kinds of power underpin political authority in the Arab World? How have regimes in the Middle East attempted to establish their legitimacy? What kinds of political communities (national, religious, sectarian, etc.) have people in the region invoked and how do they gain traction? Through what kinds of cultural forms are they articulated? What are the local, regional, and global forces that have shaped and continue to shape the political geography of the Middle East?
This course will explore recent political, social, and cultural transformations in the Middle East and the various historical developments that have led to them. We will study a variety of historical and contemporary sources-scholarly works, contemporary political analysis, journalistic reports, and cultural artifacts (songs, films, etc.)-to examine the interplay between history and the present. Through an exploration of the current landscape of the region, we will use contemporary events as a window onto the past, exploring how history has shaped our world today.
Eligible for PEAC
Fall 2017. Shokr.
Fall 2018. Shokr.
Catalog chapter: History
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/history