Course Information


The aim of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the politics, historical and contemporary developments in the Middle East region. The course will cover mainly the Arab world, Israel and Iran. By covering those countries, major conflict areas, peace making, nature of politics in the region together with the characteristics of state formation in key countries, opposition movements, and role of the religions will be discussed. To promote a deeper understanding of the region, orientalism, misconceptions about the society and culture of the region resulting from the orientalist and modernist perspective will be handled.