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Instructor Info:Hiba Bou Akar
TA Info:Lizzie Michael
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 101
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 101

This course will discuss the geographic imaginations through which the Middle East has been constructed as an entity, imagined as a space, intervened in and acted upon economically, militarily, and socially. The course’s main themes revolve around the geographies of imperialism, nationalism, capitalism, religion, and the colonial present. The course starting and ending moment is the Middle East today and the battles over what came to be commonly known as “The Arab Spring.”  

Course Objectives:
  • Critically engage with required texts and multimedia to cultivate a solid understanding on the social, economic, and geo-political aspects of the Middle East.
  • Actively participate in your learning process by embarking on independent research projects that would help you and your peers have a better grasp on the international, regional, and local complexities that produce what we know as the “Middle East.”
  • Cultivate an ability to synthesize and critically draw on material from different sources to inform your questions and inquisitions.
  • Develop your writing and oral skills in order to use these skills to effectively explore your ideas and thoughts.