Topics in Near Eastern Cultures: Freedom in the Middle East


The twentieth century has been one of war, the crisis of empire, decolonization, and eventually economic globalization. These processes have uprooted millions of people worldwide. This course will examine the waves of migration that took place among Jewish and Islamic communities, particularly from, to, and within Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa throughout the twentieth century. We will examine the waves of guest workers and merchants that circulated the Mediterranean; Middle East trade networks; the disruptions and migrations catalyzed by the First and Second World Wars; Jewish and Muslim refugees, particularly after World War II; decolonization and the flow of Jews and Muslims to and from their former colonial rulers; the aftermath of the founding of the State of Israel; and trials and tribulations of assimilation and integration in European Nation-States. Given the breath of case studies and examples involving this topic, we will not be able to incorporate discussions of all pertinent examples. We will be concentrating heavily on the areas of Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and North Africa. Please note: L75 573 is intended for graduate students only.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; BU IS; AS HUM; AS LCD; AS SD I; FA HUM; AR HUM

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