This class addresses contemporary discussions in the Middle East. The core question for the class is considering the diverse ways in which communities in the Muslim Middle East have responded to the challenges of modernity. After an initial historical section, the class will be devoted to understanding some of the key questions of the contemporary Middle East: political Islam, the role of women, authoritarianism, sectarianism, and political violence. The course will include films, fiction and memoirs, along with traditional scholarly readings. This course fulfills the FYP general education requirement.
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