History of the Islamic Middle East in Modern Times
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 226
Course Name: History of the Islamic Middle East in Modern Times
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Describe the ethnic, cultural, and political diversity of the region and interpret its historical consequences.
C. Explain the religious, social, economic, and political ideas that emerged in the Middle East during the period covered.
D. Evaluate major religious, literary, and philosophical works produced during the period.
E. Analyze the relationship between historical events and contemporary issues in the region.
F. Evaluate conflicting interpretations of the history of Islamic Middle East.
G. Analyze primary and secondary sources pertaining to the period covered.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
B. Forging a New Synthesis: The Pattern of Reforms, 1789-1849
C. The Ottoman Empire and Egypt During the Tanzimat (Reorganization), 1839-1876
D. The Beginnings of European Imperialism
E. The Response of Islamic Societies
F. The Era of the Young Turks: The Genesis of Turkish and Greater Arab
G. World War I, the End of the Ottoman Empire, and its Occupation by European
H. The Arab Struggle for Independence in the Interwar Period
I. The Palestine Mandate and the Birth of the State of Israel
J. The Middle East in the Age of Nasser
K. The Arab-Israeli Conflict
L. Social and Political Developments in the Islamic Middle East
M. Conflict Within the Arab World: Iran v. Iraq; Iraq v. Kuwait
N. Prospects for the Future
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
A. Read a standard textbook and research materials
B. Write outside of class the equivalent of 12 14 double spaced typed pages, in the form of a term paper, summaries of Journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
C. Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out-of-class assignments.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
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Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.