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This course introduces the formal and informal institutions, histories, cultures, and economic systems of the contemporary Middle East. Students will weigh in on the most controversial and difficult questions about politics in the Middle East, including the effect of oil wealth on domestic institutions in the Gulf, the role of political Islam in Algeria, Egypt, and Turkey, the persistence of regional authoritarianism, and the varieties of democratic practice in Lebanon, Israel, and Iraq. By demystifying politics in the Middle East, the course seeks to build an understanding of the region and its diverse inhabitants, and to help foster critical dialogue across cultures.

Credits:  3


  • POS 203 (with a min grade of C)
  •   OR  POS 102 (with a min grade of C)
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