SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentMaster Program in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, First Year
Course NameSeminar in Middle East
InstructorCHANG CHING-AN
Credit3.0
Course TypeRequired
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
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週次



Week



課程主題



Topic



課程內容與指定閱讀



Content and Reading Assignment



教學活動與作業



Teaching Activities and Homework



學習投入時間



Student workload expectation



課堂講授



In-class Hours



課程前後



Outside-of-class Hours



1



(9/10)



Introduction



 



Introduction to the research topics on Middle East.



3



6



2



(9/17)



History (1): pre-Islamic to the end of Abbasid Empire




  1. Karen Armstrong, Islam: A Short History, New York: Modern Library, 2002 (Ch.1-3).




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  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



3



(9/24)



History (2): Ottoman Empire




  1. Christopher Catherwood, A brief history of the Middle East, New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2006 (Ch. 7&8).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



4



(10/1)



Religion (1):



sectarian issue




  1. Frederic Wehrey, Beyond Sunni and Shia: The roots of sectarianism in a changing Middle East, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017 (Ch. 1).

  2. Toby Matthiesen, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism, New York: Cambridge University Press (Intro.).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



5



(10/8)



Religion (2):



Islamic law and finance




  1. Wael B. Hallaq, An Introduction to Islamic Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 (Intro-Ch.2).

  2. Ibrahim Warde, Islamic Financa in the Global Economy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000 (Intro. & Ch. 1).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



6



(10/15)



Society (1): tribes




  1. Philip S. Khoury and Joseph Kostiner (eds.), Tribes and state formation in the Middle East, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990 (Intro. Ch.4).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



7



(10/22)



Society (2): kinship




  1. Suad Joseph, “Brother/Sister Relationships: Connectivity, Love, and Power in the Reproduction of Patriarchy in Lebanon,” American Ethnologist (1994) 21:1.

  2. Jillian Schwedler (ed.), Understanding the contemporary Middle East, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2008 (Ch.10)




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



8



(10/29)



Culture (1):



Islamic culture




  1. Nur Kirabaev and Yuriy Pochta (ed.), Values in Islamic Culture and the Experience of History: Russian Philosophical Studies, I, Washington: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2002 (Ch.1).




  1. Daniel G. Bates and Amal Rassam, Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East, New Jersy:Prentice-Hall, 1983 (Ch.3).




  1.  



3



6



9



(11/5)



Midterm



 



 



 



 



10



(11/12)



Culture (2):



popular culture




  1. Andrew Hammond, Pop Culture Arab World! Media, Arts, and Lifestyle, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2005 (Ch.1).




  1. Walid El-Hamamsy and Mounira Soliman (eds.), Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A postolonial outlook, New York & London: Routledge, 2013 (Intro. & Ch12).




  1. preview

  2. lecture



seminar



3



6



11



(11/19)



Economy (1): pre-oil Middle East




  1. Hossein Askari, Collaborative Colonialism: The Political Economy of Oil in the Persian Gulf, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (Ch.1).

  2. Charles Issawi, An economic history of the Middle East and North Africa, New York: Columbia University Press, 1982 (Ch.1).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



12



(11/26)



Economy (2): discovery of oil




  1. Michael L. Ross, The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations, Princeton & Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012 (Ch.1).

  2. Simone Tagliapietra, The political economy of Middle East and North Africa oil exporters in times of global decarbonisation, Working paper, Bruegel, 2017.

  3. Tyler Priest, “The Dilemmas of Oil Empire,” Journal of American History, 2012, 99:1.

  4. Jillian Schwedler (ed.), Understanding the contemporary Middle East, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2008 (Ch.8).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



13



(12/3)



Politics (1): state formation




  1. Iliya Harik, “The origins of the Arab state system,” The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs, 1985, 20:2.

  2. Kenneth Christie and Mohammad Masad (eds.) State Formation and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (Ch. 1).

  3. Roger Owen, State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, London & New York:Routledge, 2004 (Ch.1).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



14



(12/10)



Politics (2): state system




  1. Lisa Anderson, Absolutism and the Resilience of Monarchy in the Middle East, Political Science Quarterly, 1991, 106:1.

  2. Mehran Kamrava, The Modern Middle East, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2011 (Ch. 9).

  3. Claudia Derichs and Thomas Demmelhuber, “Monarchies and Republics, State and Regime, Durability and Fragility in View of the Arab Spring,” Journal of Arabian Studies, 2014, 4:2.




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



15



(12/17)



Politics (3): regional and international relations




  1. Raymond Hinnebusch and Anoushiravan Ehteshami (eds.), The Foreign Policies of Middle East States, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2002 (Ch.2 & 3).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



16



(12/24)



Gender (1): male vs. femal




  1. Zahia Smail Salhi, Gender and violence in Islamic societies: Patriarchy, Islamism and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa, London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2013 (Ch. 1 &3).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



17



(12/31)



Gender (2):  LGBT




  1. Katerina Dalacoura, Homosexuality as cultural battleground in the Middle East: culture and postcolonial international theory, Third World Quarterly, 2014, 35:7.

  2. Stephen Murray and Will Roscoe, Islamic homosexualities: Culture, history, and literature, New York & London: New York University Press (Ch.2).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



3



6



18



(1/7)



Essay



none



The students should hand in their essay this week.



 



 



Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant
Requirement/Grading

  1. Group presentation (10%)

  2. Participation in seminar (40%)

  3. A 3000 words essay related to the Middle East conflict (45%).

  4. Attendenance (5%).

  5. Plagiarism will be given zero marks for the course.

  6. If the exam is not taken on the day of the exam, the student will receive only 80% of the result achieved.


Textbook & Reference

  1. Anderson, L., Absolutism and the Resilience of Monarchy in the Middle East, Political Science Quarterly, 1991, 106:1.

  2. Armstrong, K., Islam: A Short History, New York: Modern Library, 2002.

  3. Askari, H., Collaborative Colonialism: The Political Economy of Oil in the Persian Gulf, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

  4. Bates, D.G., and Amal Rassam, Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East, New Jersy:Prentice-Hall, 1983.

  5. Catherwood, C., A brief history of the Middle East, New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2006.

  6. Christie, K. and Mohammad Masad (eds.) State Formation and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

  7. Dalacoura, K., Homosexuality as cultural battleground in the Middle East: culture and postcolonial international theory, Third World Quarterly, 2014, 35:7.

  8. Derichs, C. and Thomas Demmelhuber, “Monarchies and Republics, State and Regime, Durability and Fragility in View of the Arab Spring,” Journal of Arabian Studies, 2014, 4:2.

  9. El-Hamamsy, W. and Mounira Soliman (eds.), Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A postolonial outlook, New York & London: Routledge, 2013.

  10. Hallaq, W.B., An Introduction to Islamic Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

  11. Hammond, A., Pop Culture Arab World! Media, Arts, and Lifestyle, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2005.

  12. Harik, I., “The origins of the Arab state system,” The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs, 1985, 20:2.

  13. Hinnebusch, R. and Anoushiravan Ehteshami (eds.), The Foreign Policies of Middle East States, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2002.

  14. Issawi, C., An economic history of the Middle East and North Africa, New York: Columbia University Press, 1982.

  15. Joseph, S., “Brother/Sister Relationships: Connectivity, Love, and Power in the Reproduction of Patriarchy in Lebanon,” American Ethnologist (1994) 21:1.

  16. Kamrava, M., The Modern Middle East, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2011.

  17. Khoury, P.S. and Joseph Kostiner (eds.), Tribes and state formation in the Middle East, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

  18. Kirabaev, N. and Yuriy Pochta (ed.), Values in Islamic Culture and the Experience of History: Russian Philosophical Studies, I, Washington: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2002.

  19. Matthiesen, T., The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism, New York: Cambridge University Press.

  20. Murray, S. and Will Roscoe, Islamic homosexualities: Culture, history, and literature, New York & London: New York University Press.

  21. Owen, R., State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, London & New York:Routledge, 2004.

  22. Priest, T., “The Dilemmas of Oil Empire,” Journal of American History, 2012, 99:1.

  23. Ross, M.L., The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations, Princeton & Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012.

  24. Salhi, Z. S., Gender and violence in Islamic societies: Patriarchy, Islamism and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa, London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2013.

  25. Schwedler, J., (ed.), Understanding the contemporary Middle East, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2008.

  26. Tagliapietra, S., The political economy of Middle East and North Africa oil exporters in times of global decarbonisation, Working paper, Bruegel, 2017.

  27. Warde, I., Islamic Financa in the Global Economy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000.

  28. Wehrey, F., Beyond Sunni and Shia: The roots of sectarianism in a changing Middle East, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.


Urls about Course
1. Aljazeera, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2007/09/200852519252884626.html 2. Crisis Group, https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa 3. Global Issues, www.globalissues.org/article/119/the-middle-east-conflict-a-brief-background
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