History of the Middle East

LHIS-216
Credits: 
3
Course chair: 
Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: 
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: 
None
Electable by: 
All
Prerequisites: 
LENG-111
Department: 
LART
Location: 
Boston Campus

This survey course uses history to illuminate current conflicts in the Middle East. It asks who the people of the Middle East are—including Arabs, Turks, Persians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druzes, and Kurds—and how their multiple religious, political, ethnic, gender, and national identities intertwine to create complex and changing relationships with one another and with the rest of the world. We will examine women's roles, the relationship of religion and state, and the spread of militant Islam, all of which present challenges to Middle Eastern societies and to the world today.