POLI 7804 Politics and Society in the Middle East (Spring: 3 )
This graduate seminar provides a comparative survey of the Middle East and North Africa, with emphasis on the economic, social, and cultural dimensions of politics. After a broad historical introduction to the region, it explores the contemporary patterns of authority and governance, the persistence of authoritarianism and the quest for democracy, ethnicity and identity politics, economic inequality and class relations, the dominant role of religion in politics, minority rights, and gender relations. A special focus in the latter part of the seminar will be on the social bases, ideologies, dynamics, and consequences of the recent revolutionary and protest movements in the region.
Instructor(s): Ali Banuazizi
Last Updated: 27-Jan-17