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Undergraduate Course: Middle East Diasporas and Minorities (IMES10071)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaIslamic and Middle Eastern Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe proposed course seeks to situate the Middle East minorities in the broader analytical, conceptual and theoretical debates of Diaspora Studies, fostering knowledge of communities by examining local cultures, histories, languages, politics and religions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Any essential texts
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in written form

2. Manage time and work to deadlines

3. Participate constructively in groups

4. Assess and respond to the ideas of others

5. Work independently and be self-reliant

6. Find information and use information technology
Assessment Information
Presentation/ participation 15%
2500 word essay 30%
3 hour exam 55%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description This course will introduce the concept of Diaspora to Middle Eastern studies generally while encouraging students to consider the importance of minorities, identities and migration to and from the region. Through a range of cases studies the programme traces how minority groups of the Middle East are organised and engaged politically outside their countries of origin, examining their transnational linkages and the effects of these connections on their 'homelands' and 'host states'. The course also looks at how communities are built and sustained in a diasporic space, examining issues of identity, representation, citizenship and belonging in a globalized world. Underlying the course are fundamental questions about being rooted and routed, belonging, displacement, community, citizenship and state and the effects of globalisation on identities.
Syllabus The Jews: the 20th Century Diaspora;
The Greeks: Modern Exodus
The Armenians: From Exile to Empowerment
The Palestinians
Syrians in Egypt: the Boundaries of 'Diaspora'?
Filmic Narratives of Diaspora
"Irangeles": the Iranian Experience Abroad
The Kurdish and Turkish diaspora in Germany
Muslims in Britain
Middle Eastern Diasporas in 'the West'
Transferable skills 1. Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in written form

2. Manage time and work to deadlines

3. Participate constructively in groups

4. Assess and respond to the ideas of others

5. Work independently and be self-reliant

6. Find information and use information technology
Reading list Abdul-Jabar and Dawood (eds.), Tribes and Power: Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Middle East (Saqi 2003).

Zubaida, Sami (2010) Beyond Islam: A New Understanding of the Middle East. IB Tauris

Butenschon, Nils, Uri Davis and Emanuel Hassassian (eds.), Citizenship and the State in the Middle East (Syracuse University Press 2000).

Shatzmiller, Maya (ed.), Nationalism and Minority Identities in Islamic Societies (McGill-Queen's University Press 2005)

Hourani, Albert (1947) Minorities in the Arab world. London: Oxford University Press

Masters, Bruce (2001) Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Arab world: the roots of sectarianism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bengio, Ofra and Ben-Dor, Gabriel, (1999) Minorities and the state in the Arab world. Boulder, Colo.; London : Lynne Rienner

Braude, Benjamin and Lewis, Bernard (1982) Christians and Jews in the Ottoman empire: the functioning of a plural society. Volumes 1 and 2. New York: Holmes and Meier Publishers

Chatty, Dawn (2010) Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East. Cambridge University Press

Esman, Milton J. and Itamar Rabinovich (Eds.) (1988) Ethnicity, Pluralism and the State in the Middle East. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.

Schulze, Kirsten E., Martin Stokes and Colm Campbell (1996) Nationalism, Minorities and Diasporas - Identities and Rights in the Middle East. London and New York: Tauris Academic Studies, IB Tauris Publishers

Cohen, Robin (1997) Global Diasporas. London: UCL Press

Khalaf, Samir (2001) Cultural Resistance - Global and Local Encounters in the Middle East. London: Saqi Books

Brand, Lauire A. (2006) Citizens Abroad: Emigration and the State in the Middle East and North Africa. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Youngs, Richard (2006) Europe and the Middle East: In the shadow of September 11 (Boulder Colo: Lynne Rienner Publishers 2006)

McCloud, Aminah (2006) Transnational Muslims in American Society. (Gainesville, Fla: Unievrsity press of Florida, 2006)

Bakalian, Anny and Mehdi Bozorgmehr (2009) Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond. University of California Press

Mandaville, Peter (2001) Transnational Muslim Politics. London and New York: Routledge

Salaita, Stephen (2008) The Uncultured Wars: Arabs, Muslims and the Poverty of Liberal Thought Zed Books

Shain, Yossi (1999) Marketing the American Creed Abroad: Diasporas in the US and their Homelands Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Halliday, Fred (1995) Islam and the Myth of Confrontation: Religion and Politics in the Middle East (I.B. Tauris).
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsDiaspora minorities Middle East
Course organiserDr Anthony Gorman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4183
Course secretaryMrs Rhona Hajcman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3846
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