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Course Name
Turkish Modern Ortadoğu
English The Modern Middle East
Course Code
ITB 214 Credit Lecture
Semester -
3 3 - -
Course Language Turkish
Course Coordinator Ebubekir Ceylan
Ebubekir Ceylan
Course Objectives 1. introducing the students to the main historical processes in the modern Middle East since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire until the present.
2. providing the students with the basic information about the geography and history of the region needed to understand contemporary conditions and events.
3. introducing the student to the social and cultural richness and diversity of the region and its peoples.
4. Equipping the students with the knowledge of general characteristics and problems in the region with reference to specific countries.
5. To develop the ability to read and understand texts, make research and write.
Course Description Introduction to the Middle East: The Land and the Peoples; Methodological Problems in Studying the Middle East; The Ottoman Rule and Legacy in the Arab Lands; Western Influence and the beginning of the modern era in the Middle East; Transformation of the Muslim-Religious identity into national identities: Ottomanism, Islamism, and Turkism; The creation of the modern state system in the Middle East: Fall of the Ottoman Empire, Arab nationalism; New Order in the Middle East After the World War II: Nation-States and Hegemonic Powers Egypt: Pan-Arabism and territorial nationalism; Syria and Iraq: Baath Party and the advent of the civil war; Iran: From monarchy to Revolution; Israel and Palestine: One land two religions-peoples; Turkey: A secular state in a Muslim country and a Modern Society; The Arab Spring: Promise and Failure; The Middle East in the 21st century: Continuities and ruptures
Course Outcomes Students who succeed in this course will improve their ability to

1.identify and provide a summary of the historical processes that have shaped the modern Middle East, such as colonialism, political imperialism, nationalist movements and state formation, democratisation, movements of religious and social reform, industrialisation, urbanisation and globalisation.
2.be able to account for historical explanations of the emergence of the Middle East as a concept and a geopolitical region and the impact of these on our understanding of the region
3.describe and problematise past and present processes of democratisation and state formation from the point of view of discussions of nationalism, secularism, religious revival and the situation of minorities.
4. Communicate and discuss effectively
5. Read and understand texts, make research and write
Pre-requisite(s) None
Required Facilities Class room, projection
Textbook Jane Hathaway, Osmanlı Hâkimiyetinde Arap Toprakları, (İstanbul: İş Bankası Kültür Yay, 2016)
William Cleveland, A History of the Modern Middle East, Westview Press, 2012.
Other References James Gelvin, The Modern Middle East: A History, New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Zachary Lockman, Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Nikki Keddie, Women in the Middle East: Past and Present, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2007.

Bruce Masters, Osmanlı İmparatorluğunun Arapları, (İstanbul: Doğan Kitap, 2013).

Andre Raymond, Osmanlı Döneminde Arap Kentleri, İstanbul: Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 1995.

L. Carl Brown, İmparatorluk Mirası, (İstanbul: İletişim Yay. 2000).
Albert Hourani, The Modern Middle East: A Reader, London: I.B.Tauris Co., 1993.

William R. Polk and Richard L. Chambers (eds.), Beginning of Modernization in the Middle East, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1968.

Roger Owen, The Middle East in the World Economy, 1800-1914, London: I.B. Tauris, 1993.
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