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Undergraduate Course: Modern Middle Eastern History A: Domestic Transformation and International Challenges (IMES08036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is an introduction to the political, economic, social and cultural history of the Middle East from 1800-c.1950. It covers the precolonial Ottoman empire, the colonial period and the rise of nationalism until the Second World War.
Course description This course is an introduction to the political, economic, social and cultural history of the Middle East from 1800- c.1950. Opening at the beginning of the nineteenth century it examines the programme of reform and state-building of the Ottoman Empire to defend itself against the growing military and economic power of Europe. Ultimately this led to a debt crisis and the advent of British and French colonial control over significant parts of the region. The course then goes on to address the defeat of the Ottomans in World War I, the post-1919 settlement and the rise of nationalism in the interwar period, and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 21, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1800-word essay 40%,
seminar participation 15%,
1200-word time-limited assignment 45%.
Feedback Written feedback by marker on essay and time-limited assignment.
Peer and tutor comments in relation to seminar participation.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify, describe and explain trends and events in the Middle East in the period c.1800 to the 1950.
  2. Identify, critique and interrogate the secondary literature relating to that period.
  3. Incorporate primary sources in translation into analyses of trends and events in the period in question.
  4. Participate effectively in informed debates and present arguments in a variety of formats.
  5. Critique academic methodologies.
Reading List
William L. Cleveland and Martin Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East, 6th ed., Boulder: Westview, 2016.

Mark Gasiorowski and Sean L. Yom (eds), The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, 8th ed., Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2002.

Pappé, Ilan, The Modern Middle East, A Social and Cultural History, 3rd ed., London & New York: Routledge, 2014.

Malcolm Yapp, The Making of the Modern Middle East 1798-1923, London: Longman, 1987.
____________, The Near East since the First World War, 2nd edit., London: Longman, 1996.

Erik J. Zürcher, Turkey, A Modern History, 3rd ed., London: IB Tauris, 2004.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Anthony Gorman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4183
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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