• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Raihan Ismail
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This interdisciplinary course will examine the emergence of the modern Middle East.  It will be organised thematically rather than chronologically and its aim is to acquaint beginning students with the major historical, religious, social, economic, and political dimensions of the Middle East. 

Students will be exposed to lectures and a variety of readings that cover such topics as the construction of identities, the place of tradition and history, the impact of imperialism, the development of nationalism, and the reasons for revolution and conflict in the region.  The course will also look at the contemporary challenges of globalisation, religious radicalisation, democratisation, and transnational terrorism.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the  important events, places, and time periods in the development of the modern Middle East. 
  2. Demonstrate an ability to comprehend  historical and political developments &   how they  relate to underlying cultural, social, and religious trends in the region and to broader forces such as imperialism, conflict, and radicalism. 
  3. Critically analyse some of the developments in the modern Middle East and   to question whether these trends and forces make the Middle East unique or exceptional. 
  4. Demonstrate the capacity to develop evidence based argument & evaluation by  drawing on specific historical and contemporary examples, and by evaluating  differing perspectives on key Middle Eastern issues. 
  5. Participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.
This course also aims to achieve the following generic learning outcomes:
6. Prioritising material:  Students will learn how to manage a large amount of empirical material and order it in a comprehensible manner.
7. Synthesis:  Students will be able to draw on the material presented in lectures and the readings to make connections and draw conclusions.
8. Critical thinking:  Students will learn how to look at contested interpretations of history, culture, and politics and to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. 
9. Communication:  Through tutorials and essays, students will learn how to present their ideas, both verbally and in writing, in a structured and clear way.

Indicative Assessment

Group exercise (750-1000 words per participant) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-9]

Essay (2000-2500 words) (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

End of Semester Examination (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Tutorial Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-9]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Preliminary Reading

Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples; Mehran Kamrava, The Modern Middle East




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2784 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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