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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Dec 17, 2017
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LASS222 History of Modern Middle East 3 cr.

One hundred years ago, the borders of modern Middle Eastern states did not exist. With the conclusion of World War I in 1918, however, the European powers divided up the territories of the former Ottoman Empire and created new borders, new states, and new conflicts. Beginning with the end of World War I, then, the class will explore the development of each Middle Eastern country’s unique identity and history and how they interact with one another, and with the outside world, today. In this context we will explore the differences between Sunni and Shii Muslims, Middle Eastern minorities such as Druze, Christians, Alawis, Alevis, and Ismailis, and the differences between Jews, Arabs, Turks, Persians and Kurds. The impact of the Arab-Israeli conflict, oil, the war in Iraq, and the rise of political Islam throughout the region will also be considered. The class will include readings, lectures, video, and class discussions in order to illuminate the region’s unique history and political style.

Prerequisites: LALW100; FRSM100

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