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MIDDLE EAST POLITICS

    

Middle East Politics

This course explores the politics of the 21st century Middle East and North Africa, with an emphasis on the Arab world and the events of the so-called “Arab Spring.” We will focus on the following themes: (1) how everyday life intersects with politics in the contemporary MENA region, (2) thinking beyond sectarianism in analyzing MENA politics, (3) attention to time: issues of past and future, temporality, history, sequencing, and possibility; (4) thinking beyond (American) foreign policy while remaining moral beings; and (5) understanding the power and limits of the art/science of comparison. 

Bryn Mawr, Spring 2017 and 2018