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)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course surveys political, economic, social and cultural development of the Islamic Middle East since 1918.  Focus is on the role of religion as an ongoing theme. IAI S2 919N

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the essential historical figures and events of the period covered.
  2. Describe the ethnic, cultural, and political diversity of the region and interpret its historical consequences.
  3. Explain the religious, social, economic, and political ideas that emerged in the Middle East during the period covered.
  4. Evaluate major religious, literary, and philosophical works produced during the period.
  5. Analyze the relationship between historical events and contemporary issues in the region.
  6. Evaluate conflicting interpretations of the history of Islamic Middle East.
  7. Analyze primary and secondary sources pertaining to the period covered.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction: Social, Political, and Religious Origins
  2. Forging a New Synthesis: The Pattern of Reforms, 1789-1849
  3. The Ottoman Empire and Egypt During the Tanzimat (Reorganization), 1839-1876
  4. The Beginnings of European Imperialism
  5. The Response of Islamic Societies
  6. The Era of the Young Turks: The Genesis of Turkish and Greater Arab Nationalism
  7. World War I, the End of the Ottoman Empire, and its Occupation by European powers.
  8. The Arab Struggle for Independence in the Interwar Period
  9. The Palestine Mandate and the Birth of the State of Israel
  10. The Middle East in the Age of Nasser
  11. The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  12. Social and Political Developments in the Islamic Middle East
  13. Conflict Within the Arab World: Iran v. Iraq; Iraq v. Kuwait
  14. Prospects for the Future

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Classes will include a variety of instructional methods such as: lectures, in class discussions, group activities, document and film analysis, and the use of new technologies.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be required to:

  1. Read a standard textbook and research materials
  2. 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.
  3. Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

James Gelvin, The Modern Middle East: A History.
Cleveland and Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East.
Ernest Tucker, The Middle East in Modern World History.
David Fromkin, A Peace to End All Peace.
James Barr, A Line in the Sand.
James Gelvin, The Arab Uprisings.
Akram Fouad Khater, Sources in the History of the Modern Middle East.
The Contemporary Middle East: A Reader.
Islamic History Sourcebook.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

At least two exams will be given in addition to other required papers and assignments.
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
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.