Department of History; University of Michigan
History 749; Winter, 2011
Course Title: Seminar on the Modern Middle East
Office Hours: Tues. 3-4, South Asia Center, 3rd Floor, Social Work Bldg., International Institute
Instructor: Juan Cole
Telephone: 763-1599; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Required texts: (Available at Ulrich's, and at Reserve Reading Room, Shapiro Undergraduate Library):
Lara Deeb. An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006).
David Edwards. Before Taliban: Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad. (Berkley, Ca.: University of California Press, 2002).
Ayesha Jalal. Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2008 ).
Rashid Khalidi. Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East. Beacon Press. 2010.
Denise Natali. The Kurdish Quasi-state: Development and Dependency in Post-gulf War Iraq (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2010).
Jan. 11 Orientation
Jan. 18 Readings in Muslim Movements:
Asef Bayat, " Islamism and Social Movement Theory," Third World Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 6 (2005), pp. 891-908.
Jan. 25 Free day for prospectus research
Thomas J. Butko, " Revelation or Revolution: A Gramscian Approach to the Rise of Political Islam," British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1 (May, 2004), pp. 41-62.
Malika Zeghal, " Religion and Politics in Egypt: The Ulema of al-Azhar, Radical Islam, and the State (1952-94)," International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 31, No. 3 (Aug., 1999), pp. 371-399
Tamir Moustafa, " Conflict and Cooperation between the State and Religious Institutions in Contemporary Egypt," International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Feb., 2000), pp. 3-22
James Toth, " Islamism in Southern Egypt: A Case Study of a Radical Religious Movement," International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 35, No. 4 (Nov., 2003), pp. 547-572
Feb. 1 Khalidi, Sowing Crisis
Feb. 8 Deeb, An Enchanted Modern
Feb. 15 David Edwards, Before Taliban
(Attend Chandrasekaran Lecture, 1626 Social Work Building, International Institute)
Feb. 22 Jalal, Partisans of Allah
Mar. 8 Natali, Kurdish Quasi-State
Mar. 15 Student Presentations & Discussion
Mar. 22 Student Presentations & Discussion
Mar. 29 Student Presentations & Discussion
Apr. 5 Student Presentations & Discussion
Apr. 12 Student Presentations & Discussion
Apr. 19 Student Presentations & Discussion
Apr. 26 Term papers due
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