HS 2O17: REFORM AND REVOLT IN MODERN MIDDLE EAST

Between the brutal extremes of Asad and ISIS, it is commonplace to think of the contemporary Middle East as dominated by either ruthless authoritarian regimes or radical visions of political Islam. Through a focus on Egypt this module allows exploration of the breadth of ideologies and political systems that have prevailed over the twentieth century Middle East. We will study the role and enduring legacies of political thought such as Arab Nationalism, Nasserism and Political Islam. We look also at the Arab 'Cold War' between 'revolutionary' republics and 'moderate' monarchies that dominated the 1950's and 60's and the role of the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict on Egypt and the modern Middle East. Finally we will consider the motivations and implications of the recent 'Arab Spring' protests.

Term(s) offered: Autumn term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 3.0
General Education: III B 3